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Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu

Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-24
Categories: River
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-26 0:38
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Points: 26
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Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

This photo shows the colourful layers at the edge of the Champagne Pool at the Artist's Palette at the Wai-O-Tapu Scenic Reserve, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand.

This geothermal sightseeing attraction is just 30 minutes south of Rotorua and allows visitors to view a wide range of stunning natural features including geysers, mud pools, mineral terraces, hot and cold pools plus steaming volcanic lakes.

I thoroughly enjoyed Wai-O-Tapu. We spent about 3 hours walking a 3 km track around the many different geothermal sights there.

I reckon this is probably the best of the thermal attractions in the Rotorua area, and certainly the most varied, with many interesting and unusual things to see at every turn.

There are sulphur vents, craters, geysers, silica terraces, and beautiful pools in spectacular colours, coloured by minerals bubbling up from the earth's crust - these have to be seen to be believed.

We were very impressed with this geothermal wonderland. The Champagne pool especially was astonishing with its vivid colours and bubbling water.

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Hello Janice,

I have seen this on T.V. but it doesn't quite compare with this still shot which allows careful contemplation of the remarkable features presented with fine composition.
The crimped edgeds of the pool, the rising steam and the amazing colours really do seem out of this world!
A fine, clear atmospheric shot.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
You sound to have had a great holiday!

Olá, Janice!

Wonderful shot, my friend. Well composed and
full of mood. Great colors and details. TFS!


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  • izida Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 0] (1232)
  • [2009-04-26 1:21]

Guzel ve net bir kare..Elinize saglik

Though we find geothermal spots scattered all over the earth, I have heard and read that the best ones are in your country alone, Janice.
I have personally seen and experienced some of them in the Indian and Nepal Himalayas. However, most of them are small in size and normally spout out just hot water.
This location you have captured in your picture looks like a whole lot of geothermally active area.
The steam hovering over the pool gives a good idea about the magnitude and intensity of heat being emitted.
The jagged shoreline with the distinct layers of colours looks just beautiful.
Thanks for sharing this superb picture depicting un unusual phenomenon happening on our planet.

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2009-04-26 14:47]

Ola! Janice. So glad to find you posting here. Love the leading line and depth of the landscape.. very interesting and those colors are unreal. Lovely.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-26 15:24]

Hi Janice,this is surely an unsual place.I never seen nothing like that and i don't know that exists nothing same.Your work is very interesting ..and the pic so perfect s the best way to understand and learn.My best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-04-28 19:09]

Wow, Janice!
Wherever you went to take these pictures, I want to go see!
So amazing! I love the orange water.
You did a great job capturing the steam.
TFS : )

Hi Janice ,
Great shot with excellent compo.
Colours are nice too.

Kind regards

Janice, this "different" landscape/seascape makes me more than ever want to visit New Zealand. I have seen and heard so many wonderful articles and photographs about your country that I put it on my top priority list of places to visit before I expire. Your gallery shows such varied and beautiful photographs that EVERYONE should spend at least a year there, if for no other reason, to see and enjoy all the beauty it has to offer. I'm glad I opened your photo gallery.

JoeGoff, Louisville, KY

Hi Janice,
This reminds me of two moments. The first is my time in Yellowstone and the second going through Hans Spruijt's photo album. I wouldn't mind seeing Yellowstone again and I also wouldn't mind seeing this place.
I love the vertical composition and how you used the edge of the basin the lead the eye into the damp distance. The colored edge of the basin is a real eye catcher.

Dear Janice,

This is beautiful, Madame. Very unusual and interesting pic, gorgeous "volcanic red" under the water - I really want to visit a place like this once, if I'll have the chance.

Perfect composition also, I love the semi-diagonal edge and especially the color contrast between the mentioned red and the grey of the stones / sky. Absolutely stunning capture, bravo.

Best regards from the non-volcanic Hungary, László

Hi Janice,
This is really nice and pretty much close to perfect as I don't think anyone can get better than this. I love how you draw the viewers attention from the forground to the background with this right on the money exposure. Champagne pool is an incredible looking place. Well done!
Paul :)

Very nice Janice, the vertical framing/comp works well here.
Great DOF and POV, that contrasting orange layer takes it all the way to the top :)

Hello Janice,
Beautiful place.Well presentation.Nice colour and details.Like its tone.
Thanks for sharing,

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