Ruatapu Cave on Flickr.
One of only two caves in the world located within a geothermal field, at the bottom of which is a hot pool of acid water. A great place to clean your jewellery should the need arise.
Inferno Crater Lake on Flickr.
As the water rises in this lake, the level will fall in Frying Pan Lake, a mysterious hydrogeological dance that takes 38 days to complete before it begins anew. No other hydrothermal system in the world experiences similar behavior.
It’s Cold in the Dark on Flickr
It’s 6AM on a Wednesday in January. There was a snow storm yesterday that ran through the night. We left work early since the commute was only going to get worse the later we stayed. It ended up taking an extra hour to get home. It was well dark by then. I know we both wanted to be out there in the light, the dusk as night fell… magic hour. Sadly we have other obligations.
It was those same obligations that stirred us back on our feet at 5AM, to get dressed, and head out the door. We didn’t have to be awake then, we could of waited another two hours. But we both know we wouldn’t have been satisfied. We chose the 6:30AM train since I knew you wanted to have some fun in the city before work, before you had to sit on the desk next to me all day, waiting for me to be free. The cold was painful. It wasn’t long before I couldn’t feel my fingers, but I still managed keep you in my grip.
I look back now at the moments we had, and feel a sense of pride. I know I’m not the best at this, but together we come out on the other end, after any pain or suffering, with moments that our ours and ours alone. I may share these with other people, but they lack that element of having been there with you, holding you in their hands. Without that memory, there’s only so much they can understand about that point in space and time. Right then and there, we were the masters of the world, and we show it to people how we see it. The rest is up to them. Meanwhile, you and I trudge on, with only our abilities and senses to guide us. Stick with me, lets see how far we get.
Mind Your Head on Flickr.
And now there will be a brief interlude from New Zealand. I had the wild idea last Wednesday morning to head out of the house at 5:30AM and take some photos on my walk to the train station. Of course, I couldn’t feel my fingers by the time I got on the train an hour later, but I got a few photos that I’m proud of.