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'A Dip Anyone?' New Zealand, Waiotapu, Champagne Pool

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Below is an excerpt from my travel blog. Cheers.

  

After visiting Tongariro National Park I stayed in Taupo which on the southern edge of New Zealand's most active geothermal area. The most famous geothermal wonderland as New Zealanders call it is named Waiotapu. This short walk takes you past some unusual geothermal landmarks. This shot is of one the most famous geothermal pool called the 'Champagne Pool'. I loved how this orange ring, created by bacteria that thrive in specific temperatures (35-42 deg C) that exists only at the upper edge of the geothermal pools. This photo turned out exactly as I remember it, bright and vibrant.

 

I arrived in Australia today after a long day of traveling. I'm currently in Arlie Beach and scheduled to head out to the Whitsunday Islands on a sailboating cruise if all goes as planned. I'm taking the weekend off from posting photos and I might not be back from my sailing cruise until Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

 

I'll post more entries from New Zealand if I get time as it was a country of natural beauty everywhere. It wasn't hard to take some great photos with scenery such as this photo in front of your face. My friend Abbie mentioned that it looked a bit desolate. That's somewhat true and in part to the fact that I really stayed out of the populated areas aside from Christchurch. New Zealand was a nice break from the fast pace of New York City and I enjoyed the solitude of nature. I think the Australian leg of my journey will involve more interaction with people. It really already has, as I'm currently using the free internet outside of McDonalds (yes it really is everywhere) listening to the bar behind me blast its music. Arlie beach certainly attracts the college vacationers. Cheers.

 

Again, I'm traveling the world right now. I've just arrived in Australia today but this shot is from my last day in New Zealand. If you'd like to tag along with me pleas check out my HDR travel blog www.LostManProject.com as I will try and post photos daily of my experiences.

 

Cheers from Australia/New Zealand

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Taken on May 12, 2010