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Lava Garden

Lava Garden
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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: Trees
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Rangitoto, NZ's newest volcano
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-23 3:48
Viewed: 4331
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Maori name derived from the phrase

The youngest of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto is Auckland’s most well known landmark. Rangitoto has commanding superb views of the city and surrounding islands from its summit, its terrain is a testament to the last volcanic eruption some 600 years ago. It is an island covered in rugged lava crops, lush native bush and sandy coves. Rising to a height of 260 metres the circular island presents the nearly the same similar uniform appearance and is visible from most parts of the mainland

Situated about 8 km northeast of Auckland and connected to Motutapu Island by a causeway, Rangitoto is a large island of 2311 hectares with a wonderful volcanic landscape that supports over 200 species of moss, plants and trees including the largest pohutukawa forest in the world.

SUMMIT: 260m above sea level
AREA: 2311 hectares
LAVA FLOW DEPTH: 4 m deep, on average
MELT TEMPERATURE: 1100C Approximately
SOURCE: 125 km approx below earth’s surface
OUTPUT: 2 cubic km approx of basalt

I spent the day on Rangitoto yesterday, 22 February 2005, climbing to the summit and also taking quite a few photos. So I plan to bore you all silly over the next few days with some of the photos I took. The weather was grey and overcast, and unfortunately the views to the mainland weren’t too clear, but I did have fun. This photo shows a bare lava field, still empty and barren. And right behind it is are Pohutukawas and other native NZ plants growing. Rangitoto is a very strange island so full of opposites.

Make – SONY Model - DSC-P8
DateTime - 2005:02:22 10:11:53
ExposureTime - 10/2000 seconds
FNumber - 2.80
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
MaxApertureValue - F 2.83
Flash - Not fired
FocalLength - 6.00 mm
FileSource - DSC - Digital still camera

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To PDP: RangitotoJanice 2 02-23 18:48
To cafecrem: To JoannaJanice 1 02-23 05:33
To red45: VolcanoesJanice 1 02-23 05:28
To Luc: RangitotoJanice 1 02-23 05:13
To Luc: It is very strange landscape.Janice 1 02-23 05:10
To dew77: Hi SebnemJanice 1 02-23 05:02
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-23 4:00]
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I've never saw real lava :-) Looks great for me, very...black and little scary [if you think about volcanic eruption and temperature of melted lava]. Very interesting combo - note+picture. I like contrast between black lava and green trees. I hope your volcanoes aren't active Janice!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-02-23 4:03]
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Hi Janice!Nice landscape with interesting note...You'd written exposure time 10/2000 sec.Is it right?or 1/2000?I think it will be better to rise up F.I think you'd great time there,waiting more shots from Rangitoto...TFS

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-23 4:09]
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I know nothing about lava Janice and this is really a strange landscape for me. Your note learn me very interesting informations about your corner of the word which is to the antipode of where I live. The planet become so small. You saw a snowflake and I see lava.
Thanks Janice.

Janice! It's great photo. Very interesting and unparalleled!

You know - yesterday I foud book about discovering Australia and NZ. I start to read it today!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-23 6:17]

Hello Janice, this looks surreal! Very nice. I really like the black lava and the green trees contrasting eachother. Well done!

What an interesting photo I have never been across to Rangitoto although its been on my must visit list for sometime. Maybe some of your photos will inspire me to make the trip.

Janice, Interesting shot! The black ridge
of lava against the green tree-line provides great conrasting elements..Great note, Thanx!!

Interesting and instructive post. Great note.
Well done.

Interesting shot Janice,
It's nice to see a thriving forest and the destructive lava in one shot.
I never realised that an area like this could support so many species of plants.....until now.
Excellent notes, Thanks for posting

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-02-23 13:23]

Three colours and unusual picture. Interesting note.Good saturation and composition. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-23 14:33]
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Hi Janice, very interesting post. The larva looks great and juxtaposed with the trees makes a strong image of how nature conquers this kind of 'new' terrain. The sky has lost all contrast you can improve shots like this by fitting a graduated filter (dark at the top) that way you can meter off the foreground and the sky won't burn out. Good work.

I'd rather you be there than me Janice. I'd make sure my home is nowhere near this volcano. Nice shot by the way.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-05 22:56]

Janice, the contrast here is very nice.

Even without a blue sky, the shot is a pleasant one.

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