Photography

The Painters Palette


Stinky Beauty

This was captured a long hike in Kuirau Park, another area of geothermal activity just outside of Rotorua. The colors from this bubbling stream and mineral build ups reminded us of a painter’s palette after many pigments have been mixed in the creation of some beautiful work.

Kuirau Park, to the west end of the central city, is also remarkable : hot bubbling mud pools  dot the park, lending a surreal air to the setting. Visitors can soak their feet in hot pools. Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because of the hydrogen sulphide emissions, which gives the city a “rotten eggs” smell as well as rotten-rua combining its legitimate name and the rotten smell the city gives.

The especially pungent smell in the central-east ‘Te Ngae’ area is due to the dense sulphur deposits located next to the southern boundary of the Government Gardens, in the area known as ‘Sulphur Point’.

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One response

  1. Great photo. It sort of reminds me of Yellowstone

    May 14, 2011 at 4:10 am

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