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the Ahu Nau Nau in Anakena beach, Rapa Nui (Eastern island)...like an old fashion postcard!..The legends of Easter Island say that Hotu Matua (the first King) came first came ashore here at Anakena Beach and that this was the island's first settlement.

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Taken in Matua, Tauranga

Tāne Mahuta (Lord of the Forest), Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest) and the The Four Sisters are some of the most spectacular trees I've ever seen. No matter how hard I tried I just didn't manage to produce a photograph I deemed worthy enough of them. Nevertheless I wanted to something that captured the spirit of the Waipoua forest . So I stopped looking up, and pointed the camera down.

The moai statues of Ahu Nau Nau are symbolically one of the most important ahus on Easter Island. Located at Anakena Beach, this is where King Hotu Matu’a first landed ashore ~300A.D

Picture of a man called Tudor Collins, from the 1930's. He is standing on Te Matua Ngahere, so one gets a sense of the true scale of the tree here. Tudor Collins was a photographer who captured much of what life was like in NZ early in the 20th century.

La playa de Anakena se caracteriza por sus cálidas aguas de color turquesa y arenas de coral, y por la presencia de los ahu Ature Huki y el Nau Nau, restaurados en 1954.

Su interés además radica en que fue el lugar de los grupos expedicionarios del primer rey de la isla, Ariki Hotu Matua, originando un importante centro poblacional de notable organización social, política y cultural, tal como la escuela de “los maestros de la escritura antigua” extinguida en la actualidad.

 

Anakena is a white coral sand beach in Rapa Nui National Park on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), a Chilean island in the Pacific Ocean. Anakena has two ahus, one with a single moai and the other with six. It also has a palm grove.

 

La spiaggia di Anakena (Playa Anakena), l’unico tratto di costa con sabbia di tutta l’isola insieme alla piccola insenatura di Ovahe, è ubicata sulla costa nord-orientale. Deve la sua grande importanza al fatto di essere il luogo in cui sarebbe avvenuto il leggendario sbarco di Hotu Matua. Su una delle colline che cingono la baia si trovano le rovine di una grande casa ellittica (hare paenga), che la tradizione orale riconoscerebbe come la prima dimora del re Hotu Matua.

 

The layout of the Toraja adat houses is imbued with symbolic meaning. The orientation of the tongkonans has cosmological connotations, and the design of the carved decorations on the front has symbolic significance since it contains a variety of messages about social hierarchy and structure, and the relations to the world of the spirits.

As described above, the creator Puang Matua is associated with the North, and therefore the tongkonan must also face North. The South of the house is associated with the afterworld (heaven, or Puya) and the ancestors. The West and the East are associated with the left and right hands of the human body, but also with the world of the gods (East) and the ancestors in their deified form (West).

Estos Moais perteneces al altar o ahu Akivi y son los unicos que se encuentra en el medio de la isla, a diferencia del resto que estan a lo largo de toda la costa de la isla. Se cree que estos fueron hechos todos (un total de 7) al mismo tiempo y representan a los siete colonizadores iniciales de la isla, enviados por el rey Hotu Matu'a, el cual fue su primer colono.

 

Isla de Pascua (Rapa Nui), Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile.

 

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These Moais belong to the altar or ahu Akivi and are the only ones found in the middle of the island, unlike the rest which are located all along the coast of the island. It is believed that these were all (about seven) developed at the same time and represent the seven initial settlers of the island sent by the king Hotu Matu'a, formerly the first settler.

 

Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile.

 

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A Maori legend surrounds Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. It is said that the giant Matau was burnt to death in his sleep after he abducted a chief’s daughter, burning a massive hole in the ground and melting the ice and snow of the surrounding mountains, forming the lake. The lake is a large “S” shape, like a giant, curled up and sleeping on its side. Matau’s head rested at Glenorchy, at the North of the lake, and his feet south in Kingston. Queenstown sits on Matau’s knee.

 

One of Wakatipu’s mysteries is the rise and fall of the lake by about 12cm (5″) every five minutes. Legend states that a Giant’s heart is impossible to destroy, and causes this rise and fall, while science says it is due to fluctuating atmospheric pressures. But across the lake from the town below Cecil Peak is a little island visible only from up close, from above, or from a different angle. Some say Hidden Island is the still beating heart of the Giant Matua..

 

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Anakena Beach is also known as "The bay of the king", named after the first Rapa Nui king Hotu Matu'a who arrived here thousands of years ago.

I've just spent the most AMAZING weekend on this Marae in Auckland with my Maori language classmates. I've been attending the class for 20 weeks now as my Maori language skills have been very basic. Classes from around Auckland got together this weekend, staying in the Wharenui, being immersed in Maori culture and language.

 

Here, little Parekawa enters the Wharenui. She attends the classes with her parents (and me!) at Muriwai.

Hoy de vuelta a mi realidad, recuerdo el día en que mi vida cambio para siempre.

Fué un 5 de agosto, acompañado de unos libros, mi música y mi mochila, emprendí el vuelo a la isla de mis sueños.

 

Te pito o te henua, el ombligo del mundo como le llamaron sus primeros habitantes.

 

Me mostraste tus noches generosas de estrellas, tu mar que desnudaba inmensos corales y peces de colores, tus ahu o altares ceremoniales y tu gente, con el inmenso orgullo de haber nacido en la tierra del Ariki Hotu Matua.

Tanto tiempo tuve que esperar para llegar hasta ti, sospechando desde premoniciones que el destino me sorprendería aun más. Así fue como llegue al día siguiente a Tahai en busca del atardecer más bello de la isla, mientras caminaba hacia el ahu, sentí que ya no estaba solo, que me seguían, que me observaban…

Treinta minutos más tarde me encontraste, me frenaste con tu mano sobre mi hombro y después de un cálido saludo, nos sentamos frente a los moais, y compartimos parte de nuestra historia entre el humo, las risas y el más hermoso atardecer de mi vida.

 

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Anakena Beach, Easter Island, South Pacific

Matrimonio en Orongo, Rapa Nui, Chile.

Morning time at Ahu Nau Nau - Easter Island, Chile

 

The mystery Easter Island - Rapa Nui, the Polynesian name - is a small volcanic island in the South Pacific Ocean and one of the most isolated places on earth.

Easter Island bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. From the 10th to the 16th century, a society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300, built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai , which created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people throughout the world.

 

The most representative ahu in Easter Island is the Ahu Nau Nau, located in the spectacular beach of Anakena. It is one of the few ahu that is almost completely restored (the right part hasn’t been restored yet). Symbolically, this ahu is one of the most important, since King Hotu Matua and his people disembarked on this beach between the years 400 and 600 of our era. They came from the land of Marae Renga, in the island of Hiva. The legend specifies that seven explorers were sent before the migration.

 

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Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest) is New Zealand's largest and oldest tree with a girth of over 16 meters. It is believed to be at least 2000 years old and some sources claim it could be even 4000 years old, which would make it one of the oldest in the world.

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This gorgeous beach is the legendary landing place of Hota Matua, the founder of Easter Island.

Te Matua Ngahere (The Father of the Forest). It was very moving to be in the presence of something so ancient and grand. Again, Knud is in front of the tree, so the true scale is lost.

Shot was taken just before sunset in New Zealand's Waipoua Forest . Waipoua Forest preserves some of the best examples of kauri forest remaining in New Zealand. It is notable for having two of the largest living kauri trees, Tane Mahuta (2000 years old and according to a local guide, the forth largest tree in the world) and Te Matua Ngahere. The forest was declared a sanctuary in 1952. A Kauri Tree can be seen fallen over in the background.

I stood in front of the father of the forest with great awe.

The person in the picture is my mother.

Briar & Matua appreciating the sunset

Otherwise known as Te Matua Ngahere this monster of a tree is in the Waipoua Forest in the Northland, New Zealand. It's the second largest living Kauri tree in New Zealand and although not the biggest, is the thickest. It has a girth of 16.5 metres and is around 2000 years old.

La plage d'Anakena avec ses cocotiers. Île de Pâques (Rapa Nui), Chili, juillet 2010.

 

Nikon D80, 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 | 32 mm eq. 48 mm, 1/200s à f/11, 100 ISO.

  

La plage d'Anakena est l'une des deux plages de l'île. C'est sur cette plage qu'aurait débarqué les premiers colonisateurs polynésiens au Vème siècle. La légende dit que l'île fût découverte par sept explorateurs. Plus tard, le roi déchu Hotu Matua est venu s'installer sur l'île avec sa femme et ses hommes, ainsi que des animaux et des plantes.

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Te Matua Ngahere -Giant Kauri Tree of Waipoua Forest on Twin Coast Discovery Highway. 'Father of the forest' - trunk of over 5 metres in diameter,believed to be the widest girth of any Kauri tree in N Z and could be the oldest in NZ. ?2000 years old.07.02.07

Sarychev Peak Volcano eruption, Kuril Islands, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 20 crew member on the International Space Station. A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev volcano (Russia's Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain and is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island.

 

Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption had occurred in 1989 with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946 also producing lava flows. Ash from the June 2009 eruption has been detected 2407 kilometers ESE and 926 kilometers WNW of the volcano, and commercial airline flights are being diverted away from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake.

 

This detailed photograph is exciting to volcanologists because it captures several phenomena that occur during the earliest stages of an explosive volcanic eruption. The main column is one of a series of plumes that rose above Matua Island (48.1 degrees north latitude and 153.2 degrees east longitude) on June 12. The plume appears to be a combination of brown ash and white steam. The vigorously rising plume gives the steam a bubble-like appearance; the surrounding atmosphere has been shoved up by the shock wave of the eruption. The smooth white cloud on top may be water condensation that resulted from rapid rising and cooling of the air mass above the ash column, and is probably a transient feature (the eruption plume is starting to punch through).

 

The structure also indicates that little to no shearing winds were present at the time to disrupt the plume. Another series of images, acquired 2-3 days after the start of eruptive activity, illustrate the effect of shearing winds on extent of the ash plumes across the Pacific Ocean. By contrast, a cloud of denser, gray ash -- most probably a pyroclastic flow -- appears to be hugging the ground, descending from the volcano summit. The rising eruption plume casts a shadow to the northwest of the island (bottom center).

 

Brown ash at a lower altitude of the atmosphere spreads out above the ground at upper right. Low-level stratus clouds approach Matua Island from the east, wrapping around the lower slopes of the volcano. Only about 1.5 kilometers of the coastline of Matua Island (upper center) can be seen beneath the clouds and ash.

 

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Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands, Russia

 

On June 12, 2009, a fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) made it possible for an astronaut on board to capture Sarychev Volcano in the early stages of eruption. The volcano is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island, which is part of the Kuril Islands, a chain of 56 islands northeast of Japan. The eruption sent a plume of brown-colored ash and white steam rising into the atmosphere. The plume was so immense that it cast a large shadow on the island. Sarychev is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain. Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption occurred in 1989, with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946 also producing lava flows. Watch the video to see how the eruption looked from space.

 

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Matua Island image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen

 

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Sarychev Volcano

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev volcano (Russia’s Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain and is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island.

 

Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption had occurred in 1989 with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954 and 1946 also producing lava flows. Commercial airline flights were diverted from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake. This detailed photograph is exciting to volcanologists because it captures several phenomena that occur during the earliest stages of an explosive volcanic eruption.

 

The main column is one of a series of plumes that rose above Matua Island (48.1 degrees north latitude and 153.2 degrees east longitude) on June 12. The plume appears to be a combination of brown ash and white steam. The vigorously rising plume gives the steam a bubble-like appearance; the surrounding atmosphere has been shoved up by the shock wave of the eruption. The smooth white cloud on top may be water condensation that resulted from rapid rising and cooling of the air mass above the ash column, and is probably a transient feature (the eruption plume is starting to punch through). The structure also indicates that little to no shearing winds were present at the time to disrupt the plume. By contrast, a cloud of denser, gray ash -- most probably a pyroclastic flow -- appears to be hugging the ground, descending from the volcano summit. The rising eruption plume casts a shadow to the northwest of the island (bottom center). Brown ash at a lower altitude of the atmosphere spreads out above the ground at upper right. Low-level stratus clouds approach Matua Island from the east, wrapping around the lower slopes of the volcano. Only about 1.5 kilometers of the coastline of Matua Island (upper center) can be seen beneath the clouds and ash.

 

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Complejo arqueológico restaurado en 1960...se pueden observar siete estatuas con sus miradas orientadas a la caída del sol en el mar. La tradición cuenta que representan a los primeros 7 exploradores que arribaron a Rapa Nui, enviados por el rey Hotu Matua

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Te Puke Marae, located just on the outskirts of Raetihi, is nestled below the presently tranquil foothills of “Matua Te Mana” the ancestral name for the New Zealand North Island active volcano, Mt Ruapehu.

This former Erie Railroad depot in Mantua, Ohio, served passengers trains until Jan. 14, 1977, when Conrail Nos. 28 and 29 made their last runs between Cleveland and Youngstown. Conrail abandoned most of the ex-Erie line to Cleveland in the 1980s.

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A question about the impact on me of seeing the giant Agathis australis (New Zealand Kauris) in Waipoua Forest NZ made me search for some photos I had taken over the last few months of some very big trees in Australian rainforests such as Wingham Brush (Ficus Macrophylla),Dorrigo National Park (Sloanea woollsii or Yellow Carabeen) and Myall Lakes National Park Tops National Park (Eucalyptus grandis or Flooded Gum).

The two smaller trees are Dendrocnide excelsa (Stinging Trees)which are very common in Wingham Brush.

Shots of these massive trees follow this photo.

The different perspectives of the shots however do not provide a valid comparison between the photos and while the Australian trees were comparatively taller they may not have been as large in terms of cubic metres of timber capacity.

This Ficus macrophllya tree was by no means the largest in Wingham Brush with one tree possibly getting close to Te Matua Ngahere for girth at the ground level,however it was impossible to photograph it.

 

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A Kuril-szigetekhez tartozó Matua szigeten lévő Szaricsev-vulkán 2009.07.12-ei kitörése hatalmas mennyiségű kén-dioxid tartalmú vulkáni hamut lőtt fel a levegőbe. A megfelelő irányú széljárásnak köszönhetően szokatlan napnyugtákat okozva Európát is elérte a hamu.

 

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The eruption of the Sarychev volcano on the Matua island, Kuril Archipelago, Russia, thrown up millions of tons of ash and sulphur dioxide into the air on 12.07.2009. Due to the winds this coctail hit Europe causing beautiful crimson sunsets.

 

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“Te Matua Ngahere” (Father of the Forest) is the second largest living Kauri tree in New Zealand. He is also noted as being the oldest out of the two largest living Kauri trees and is estimated to exceed 2000 year old. He was discovered by Nicholas Yakas in 1928 when he and other men were working to build the road that is now known as State Highway 12.

Measurements

 

Trunk Girth 16.41 m

Trunk Height 10.21 m

Total Height 29.9 m

Trunk Volume 208.1 m3

He was once known as Matua, the Sun God. But faith among his people waned, and they found many other idols to worship; the ipod, the xbox, the nascar, the peter jackson.

 

Without their belief, his strength faded, his power and stature diminished. He now walks the earth as a man, waiting for the time when he will once again shine down from the heavens and light his peoples' lands.

 

Until then, You can find him at the SunSystems(tm) Solar Heating and Cooling Megastore, in Glendale, Arizona. Ask for Matt, the Assistant Sales Associate.

 

He doesn't work Sundays.

 

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Sarychev Peak Volcano erupts June 12, 2009, on Matua Island, in the Kuril Islands, just south of Kamchatka Penninsula. Photo courtesy of the International Space Station.

 

The Space Station just released a short VIDEO of this erpuption

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