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View from the top (ii)
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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: 2005-02-22
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Rangitoto, NZ's newest volcano
Date Submitted: 2005-03-06 3:57
Viewed: 4307
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rangitoto is a Maori name, "rangi" meaning sky, and "toto" meaning red, or blood.

This is the 12th in a series on Rangitoto, Auckland’s newest volcano.

The volcanic island of Rangitoto is only about 600 years old but life there is primitive.

Here we are on the summit of RANGITOTO facing roughly NNE. Here we can see the tree-covered slope of Rangi, and then the islands of MOTUTAPU (Sacred Island – 1509 acres) with RAKINO (10 acres) further in the distance, plus many of smaller islands of the Hauraki Gulf. A shower of rain wascoming as I took this photo. Fortunately it didn’t last long, just enough to cool us down a little – most welcome.

When Maori first settled on the adjacent island to Rangitoto - Motutapu Island, Rangitoto wasn’t there. Footsteps of a family have been found buried in ash in a Maori garden on Motutapu, show just how recent the volcano is. The volcano erupted from beneath the sea, building its bulk through an outpouring of scoria and basalt from the still-active Auckland volcanic field. Rangitoto could have formed in just a year of eruptions; but possibly a few more. It may still have been steaming just 250 years ago.

Proof exists that in the weeks or months following the onset of the eruption, people came back to their campsite on Motutapu Island. The footprints of a small group of adults and children were found sandwiched between layers of Rangitoto ash. Markings show where the ground was prodded with sticks and that one of the dogs with the group paused to drink from a puddle. The impressions were so well preserved that the next blanket of ash must have spewed from the maw of Rangitoto soon after they were made. Whether these people were foolhardy or brave, lured by curiosity, or a desire to retrieve taonga, we’ll never know.

Now Rangitoto abuts Motutapu Island, a farmed island reserve to which it is now attached by a causeway.

Historical note: Motutapu was purchased from the Maoris in 1842 for:
10 empty casks
4 double barrelled shotguns
50 blankets
5 hats
5 gown material pieces
5 shawls
5 pairs of black trousers


Camera Model Name: Sony DSC-P8
Shooting Date/Time: 22/02/2005 12:04:16 p.m.
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/2000
Av (Aperture Value): 5.6
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 100
Flash: Off
Photo: Brightened, contrasted, saturated, sharpened and cropped

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-06 4:11]

The far view is a bit hazy but the compostion and the view itself are very nice. The shrubs in the foreground are perfect as it gives the picture an extra dimension. Well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-06 5:26]
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What a view! It was worth your efforts! Great landscape and I almost feel breeze from ocean.
Janice - I would like to purchase this piece of land. I think I can give at least 20 or more empty casks. Actually I haven't got any black trousers but have got few blue jeans. What do you think?

Well I never! For some reason,I'd always thought that Motutapu was SSE of Rangitoto! And I used to sail around there! Extraordinary.
A very interesting note about the visitors to the island,and what befell them.

W O N D E R F U L ! :-)

Technical quality:***
Wow factor:**

Nice shot, but a bit underexposed.
Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-01 15:59]
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Janice, no doubt this is a great pov.

Excellent composition and colors.

The photo reminded me of a pop band called View from the Hill.

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