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Tongariro

Mt Tongariro & Mt Ngauruhoe


Alpiõied. Alpine petals

Ketetahi kuumaveeallikad asuvad eramaal, mis kuulub kohalikele hõimudele. Ligipääs on õigustatult piiratud, et maoori pühapaik hoida selleks ettenähtud pühitsetud talitusteks. Ka naaberahelikult saab aimu allikate võimsusest ja müstilisest mõjust.
Ketetahi Hot Springs are situated on private land that belongs to the Ngati Tuiwharetoa people. Access to the place is restricted on purpose to keep the maori sacred place untouched for the religious acts. You can get the impression of the mightiness and mystic influence from the neighboring ridge. 

Keskkraater, Punane kraater ja kõige taga Ngauruhoe mägi. Must mass keskplaanis on kivistunud laava. Viimasel ajal pole purskeid esinenud, ent siiani loetakse vulkaane aktiivseteks. Vänge väävlilõhn tuletab pidevalt meelde varitsevat ohtu. 
The Central Crater, the Red Crater and Mount Ngauruhoe. The black land mass in the middle ground is petrified lava. There has been no eruptions recently, but the area is still considered volcanically active and the strong sulfur fumes are constant to remind you the evident danger. 

Sinine järv. The Blue Lake

Keskkraatris on tunne justkui oleksid sattunud mõnele võõrale planeedile: ookrikarva kivid ja liiv, mitte ainsatki taime ega elusolendit, peakohal kalgilt kiiskav päike. Tühjus. Kuna silma ei hakka ühtki tuttava kuju või suurusega objekti, kaob ka mastaabitunne. Tuleb meelde Stanley Kubrick.
In the Central Crater it feels like being on an alien planet: red and ocher rocks and sand, no other living being or plant around, only the cold radiating sun above your head. Emptiness. As there is no familiar sized objects around it is impossible to assess the distances. It reminds me of Stanley Kubrick

Emerald Lakes

Punase kraatri serval (1911m abs). On the ridge of the Red Crater

Keskkraatrist väljumas. Exiting the Central Crater




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Pilves selgimistega

Cloudy w clearings 

Cecil Peak (1978m)

Suhtelised kõrgused on petlikud: tundub, nagu oleksin mäe ees hõljuva pilvega samal kõrgusel. Reaalsus on aga teine: Wakatipu järv on 310m üle merepinna, pildistades seisin u 400m peal ja taamal olev mäetipp on aga pea 2000m, seega konkreetse pilve keskmine kõrgus merepinnast on pigem 1000m kanti. Peale fakti, et olen veetnud enamiku elust ühes maailma mägedevaeseimas riigis, saab "süüdistada" veel eriti puhast ja selget Uus-Meremaa õhku.

The relative height seems different from the reality: looks like that the height of my viewpoint is the same as the centre of the cloud that is floating in front of the Cecil Peak. In fact, Lake Wakatipu is 310m from the sea level, I was standing at 400m and the peak is almost 2000m above mean sea level. Visually measured, the cloud is at about 1000m AMSL. Besides the fact that I have lived most of my life in one of the world flattest countries, New Zealand has very clean and clear air that makes assessing the heights and distances even harder.