The Artist’s Pallete

Stinky Beauty

This was a very early morning shot of an area of Rotorua’s Wai-o-Tapu Park’s geothermal area, this one is called The Artist’s Pallette. The air temperature was around 40F and the water temperature generated this enormous cloud of sulphur steam above the colorful mineral deposits. We were the first people in the area which was later inundated with school kids on tour.

Geysers, mud pools and thermal springs have been attracting visitors to Rotorua since the 1800s and the living, breathing landscape never fails to amaze. A strong sulphur scent lingers in the air, a constant reminder of the thermal activity that is visible in pockets scattered around the region. Clouds of steam drift from Kuirau Park, home to boiling mud pools and crater lakes. Hissing steam also escapes from roadside vents, further evidence of Rotorua’s volcanic history. Fumaroles and silica terraces displaying amazing colours can be found at the region’s various thermal parks. Just awesome!

2 responses

  1. Wow – what a wild mix of color! That’s some serious competition for Yellowstone Erik.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

  2. wow that is incredible! amazing atmosphere…definitely looks steamy 🙂

    June 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

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