New Zealand - Jeff Henry Photography
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The Sulfur Shoreline

The Sulfur Shoreline

Rotorua is a center of geothermal activity near the middle of New Zealand's north island. I've had the opportunity to visit on a few different occasions, and really quite like the place. There's lots to do there, but for me the highlight is Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, where I took this image. This private attraction has several places to witness the geothermal activity of the region first hand. Each time I'm in Rotorua, I head here first thing in the morning, so I can photograph it before the sun gets too high and before too many people arrive. I've enjoyed each opportunity to set up my tripod here, though a wind shift can result in sulfuric fumes being blown into the camera, not only fogging the lens but also potentially getting into the camera. Even though it's cold outside, the steam coming off the Champange Pool is hot and damp. The colors are stunning and deep, and the shoreline is crusted white from the mineral deposits. While all the views have been photographed countless times, it's still fun heading there to get your own take on the shoreline.

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