Photographer's Note

The Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers Geysers at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, New Zealand. While hiking through the Redwood Forrest in Rotorua, we reached the peak of a hill, and alas came upon this valley of geysers, mud pools, and extinct volcanos.

Just two months earlier, at a spot diametrically opposite from Rotorua — 12,800 km through the center of the earth — we were in Iceland where we also saw There she blows..I. Both countries, Iceland and New Zealand, lie on a mid-ocean rift area or ridge.,The former is in the North Atlantic, the latter in the South Pacific.

We had been warned about the pungent sulfur odors enshrouding Rotorua. As it turns out, one gets used to the smells after a few days, or perhaps the natural beauty of nature hypnotizes the visitor dulling the senses against picking up the noxious fumes. The turquoise water visible on the right is reminiscent of a pristine swimming pool. But one has to guard against the temptation to take a dip into these waters... this is a pool with scalding hot water. Indeed, it is pets, especially dogs, that are especially vulnerable and must be kept on a lease. They would perish from a mere plunge.

I would like to dedicate this photo to Dr. and Mrs. W. K. Sutton — good friends from days at Oxford University — who hosted us in Rotorua.

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