This was taken in the Winter in New Zealand a bit outside of the thermal regions of Rotorua. We discovered this seething pond of thermal mud, which was alive with sulphury, bubbling hot mud. Some areas would spout large globs into the air while others, like this one, would craft constantly evolving shapes like these mud flowers. It was fascinating to just watch what creation would spout out next!
Thermal activity is at the heart of much of Rotorua’s tourist appeal. Geysers and bubbling mud-pools, hot thermal springs and the Buried Village (Te Wairoa) —so named after it was buried by the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption— are within easy reach of the city.
Kuirau Park, to the west end of the central city, is also remarkable: hot bubbling mud pools dot the park, lending a surrealair to the setting. Visitors can soak their feet in hot pools. We elected not to do this – this one was a bit too hot to handle! www.kerstenbeck.com