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Walkway through the Lava

Walkway through the Lava
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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: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70mm f
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Rangitoto, NZ's newest volcano
Date Submitted: 2005-02-25 3:35
Viewed: 4334
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
MAORI NAME: RANGITOTO, derived from the phrase

This is part of the track through the lava fields, on the lower part of Rangitoto. During the 1920s and 1930s prisoners built handpacked roads and trails, some of which are now used as walk-ways on the island. You can see how it has been flattened down to try and smooth it. You can also see that soon we will be reaching the denser trees and away in the distance is the summit - 260m above sea level. Parts of the walkway to the summit are quite steep, and as you go upwards the ground changes immensely.

Rangitoto was used by early Maori as a commanding lookout in times of war and as a parrot reserve, or rahui-kaka. There are ancient Maori burial caves on the island, the resting place for bones brought across from the island next to it, Motutapu Island.

The Crown purchased Rangitoto in 1854. It was designated a public domain in 1890 and became a popular destination for picnickers. The prisoners also constructed the stone walls around the landings at the wharf and a tidal swimming pool.

I hope you will enjoy ‘your’ trip up Rangi (as we Aucklanders affectionately call our island icon) as I take you on a guided tour of this unusual land.

Model - NIKON D70
DateTime - 2005:02:22 10:29:22
ExposureTime - 10/4000 seconds
FNumber - 10.00
MaxApertureValue - F 3.48
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Not fired
FocalLength - 18.00 mm
ExposureMode - Auto
WhiteBalance - Auto
DigitalZoomRatio - 1 x
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 27 mm

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To puffy: RangitotoJanice 7 03-03 17:45
To sAner: Another cameraJanice 2 02-26 07:18
To willie: Volcanoes in NZJanice 1 02-26 01:22
To cafecrem: Sad landscapeJanice 1 02-25 04:40
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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-02-25 3:51]

Very interesting photo. Good composition, sharpness and atmosphere. Perfect note.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-25 3:55]

I love those lava fields! It's so different from everything I know. Looks like old asphalt but it must be much harder. Great landscape Janice and very informative note.

Very sad landscape Janice! It would be wonderful to look at the force of nature but this field looks like after disaster. Your photo is more informative about it than many articles.
Great photo!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-25 4:58]

Belle composition avec en bas le gris et en haut ce vert. Le chemin donne aussi une belle profondeur à cette photo. Félicitations et bonne journée.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-25 5:27]

Very interesting, your story, Janice, with a great picture to illustate it.
Thanks you very much.

My wife would appreciate this path...she never wears shoes.This stuff is murder to try and walk on barefoot...much worse than loose scoria.
I've camped on Motutapu too.There were wallabies there.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-25 6:46]
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Janice, is it my imagination or are your recent photos sharper than normal? Did you get yourself another camera? They look superb and this one too!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-02-25 7:56]

So, this is the road you walk through to show us interesting growing plants in Rangitoto...Very good info again,thanks

Nice post, very interesting. The same but with a nice blue sky would be great.
Well done.

Very nice image Janice and also very interesting subject. There are no volcano's in South Africa that I know of. You are lucky to have such landmarks in NZ.
Good work

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-02-28 4:09]
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Great shot of old Rangitoto Janice, does it take you long to reach to the top? I hope not, photos is great, I love the sharp detail and great POV, thanks for sharing.

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