Higher up Rangitoto
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Maori name derived from the phrase
‘TE RANGI I TOTONGIA A TAMATEKAPUA –
THE DAY THE BLOOD OF TAMATEKAPUA WAS SHED’.
This is the 4th photo in the series on Rangitoto Island.
Rangitoto Island is one of the youngest islands in the world. Created by a volcanic eruption about 600 years ago, the majority of the terrain is a'a - lava rock. Scrub trees grow here and there along the lower slopes, beginning the process of erosion. This is the area where I took this photo. You can see the trees are thinly spaced and there is soil now among the lava rocks. You can see mosses and young plants beginning to grow. Even the Pohutukawas are quite young, with their narrow trunks.
The hike to the peak takes about an hour, often longer, and about two thirds of the way along, the scrub gives way to an area at the peak where soil has been laid down and a new forest is growing. At the edge of the forest are a system of lava caves, produced when the lava streams crusted over and then emptied. Walking through some of those was a lot like taking a hike to the center of the world!
Once at the peak of Rangitoto, you're treated to this delightful view. Maori people were living on the island of Motutapu 600 years ago when Rangitoto erupted and created the neighboring island. That must have been a terrifying sight!
Motutapu is a much older island covered in rich soil, grass, and sheep, completely the opposite of rocky, barren Rangitoto.
Make – SONY Model - DSC-P8
DateTime - 2005:02:22 11:17:42
ExposureTime - 10/1000 seconds
FNumber - 5.60
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
CompressedBitsPerPixel - 4 (bits/pixel)
MaxApertureValue - F 2.83
Flash - Not fired
FocalLength - 6.00 mm
Cropped, Saturated, Sharpened
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I see your excursion impessed you in the same way like me! I was very awfull this eruption and your "lava-landscape" still are for me very depressing!
- [2005-02-26 7:17]
Janice,with your shots and notes I've learned this interesting place ''Rangitoto Island''.TFS
- [2005-02-26 7:27]
Hello Janice! Note is fantastic again! Nice composition, lovely green colors. The shots taken with your friends Nikon D70 were of better quality though, imho of course.
I guess in a hundred years or so,the lava will begin to be covered with enough organic matter to create a deeper topsoil,and perhaps real forest will grow,like on Pirongia.(If everything doesn't shrivel up first from global warming)
Glad you got to see some of those caves.I have maps of them here at home in the New Zealand Speleological Society cave atlas (North Island edition). I've also visited lava caves in Mt Eden and at Wiri,behind the Manukau City Centre.
A very good serie Janice, but this on is not your best. What happend with focus? everything seems to be a bit blur.
- [2005-02-26 12:27]
Rangitoto - another Maori name which sounds delicious! I like contrast between dark lava field and green plants. Agree with Philip - this time too soft.
- [2005-02-26 13:13]
Interesting pathway Janice. The colouring of the trees in contrast to the pathway is really nice. Looks lkike a very nice place to explore with a camera. Good post and TFS