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Taranaki Landscapes 2

So much to see, so many photos. Taranaki Landscapes has grown into its second page.

 

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Odd little cloud

 

Odd clouds are something of a speciality around here

 

But mostly clouds are seen from the inside out

 

Very moody, somehow right

 

Less common kind of grey day

 

Usually the airs clearer after rain

 

The residue of the ubiquitous 1500m cloud layer, clear above clear below

 

Spectacular when the sun sets above it

 

Off for a walk in the rain (2006-10-30)

 

Mineral stream

 

Water moveth the mountain

 

Gorge with mountain cabbage trees

 

They have a very stately presence

 

Ahem, plan view

 

Welcome to Lake Dave hut

 

You could be be here for quite some time

 

Six inches of rain in 24 hours, yikes

 

Something the volcano spat out, catching some rays

 

Pecans

 

Its all pretty reproductive around here just now

 

Photogenic muscovy

 

More odd clouds

 

Still air does strange things

 

Taranaki from central plateau (2006-11-6)

 

Off to catch the last of the Tongarairo snow

 

An alternative Tongarairo crossing

 

Fantastic travel on west ridge, overlooking the dreaded cattle route

 

Ngaurahoe: the snow is retreating fast now

 

Climbing Mt Tongarairo

 

Ho, a fellow mountaineer

 

Fantastic wide open spaces

 

South crater, left

 

South crater right

 

Summit

 

The scenic route to north crater

 

Almost done with the crampons, but first we have to get over this

 

To get to north crater

 

Home for the night is just below

 

Misty and mighty mighty magical

 

Next day dropping out of the cloud into central crater: lots of meltwater about, and tourists

 

Ice bergs and swans

 

Beautiful Emerald lake

 

Been there got the, grimace, photo

 

South crater: a commonly misconceived environment

 

South crater vegetation

 

Dropping back out of the cloud and wind chill

 

Gladly, there is nobody about

 


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