Rangitoto Red Earth
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Rangitoto is a Maori name, "rangi" meaning sky, and "toto" meaning red, or blood.
This is the 11th photo in the series on Rangitoto Island. Are you getting sick of it yet??
When passing through South Auckland going south, we have to drive through an area of market gardens, where the soil is quite reddish-brown. We always comment on this colourful fertile volcanic soil where the vegetables flourish and that is where most of our local vegetables come from. This volcanic soil at the top of Rangitoto is a very similar colour.
Have you been noticing the change of colours of the ground as we have climbed Rangitoto? From the black lava to this red earth here at the top, the ground has varied such a lot in colours and textures.
The lava cone of the island is still growing its first cloak of plants. Rangitoto is so young there hasn’t been time for much soil to form. Instead plants largely grow in the humus formed from leaves of the pioneer plants.
These include the most primitive: blooms of algae which appear purply-white on the open rock fields. The natural succession of plants is quicker than that suggests, however. Pohutukawa has established widely, thus creating shade under which more tender plants can grow. Botanists have identified the most successful of these pohutukawa as a local strain, a mix of pohutukawa and its cousin the northern rata. Gradually the adjacent colonies of trees are merging to create a broader forest.
Camera Model Name : Sony DSC-P8
Shooting Date/Time: 22/02/2005 12:20:31 p.m.
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/250
Av (Aperture Value): 5.6
Exposure Compensation: 0
Image Size: 1360x2048
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- [2005-03-06 5:18]
'We're on the road to nowhere...' ;-) I'm not bored Janice! I wrote earlier that I love your idea of photojourney! Nice colour of soil. Very...red :-) It remainds me movies from heart of Africa. TFS Janice and waiting for more!
- [2005-03-06 6:06]
Belle composition, le chemin de terre rouge et le vert de la forêt. Merci pour l'envoi et bonne journé.
Hey Janice. I would like to go for a walk along this way. Today is grey and snowy outside a window. I miss your summer letters.
- [2005-03-06 12:17]
Beautiful landscape captured very well. Great light and colours.
I love it.
- [2005-03-06 13:56]
Belle compositio, juste dommage d'un ciel bleu.
Hi JaniceHi Janice, I have been sitting here watch as you have slowly climbed Rangitoto. I think I have mentioned that I have never been there but have enjoyed your visit. I may make the effort in a few months when there are fungi about. wow I love the startling red colour of the ground.
An amazing series Janice, keep going!
This is lovely photo. Most pleasant to look at.
Your notes, as always, are very educative.
Excellent clarity, focusing & sharpness.
Warm greetings from Canada,from Mario.
We shall be in NZ, if my health holds out, end of NOV.