Friday, June 29, 2007

Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland

I got back from New Zealand a couple of months ago, and since then I have been too busy romping the rest of the US to share any pictures. These images are from a place on the North Island called "Wai-O-Tapu" which basically translates to 'sacred waters'.

Pink steam surrounds me from all sides and the thick stench of sulfur fills the air. You breathe with the movement, your body becoming part of the flow of air, hot and thick and in and out you search for an answer out in the center of a Champagne Pool. Not noticing the hundreds of people that have come to this place just like you to feel the universal pull on a holy power. It is an abyss that seems will never end. I feel as though I am at the edge of a cliff and also grounded at the very core of the earth. Who knew such magic could be felt at a tourist attraction.

Clouded Blue

Family in Fog

Vertical Erosion


Golden Steam


Layers of Life




Gate Over Edge


What is Left




Me in Orange


Ana Ribeiro said...

These are freakin' incredible, Elyse!!! What a wonderful trip... and congrats on your work...!

-- Ana Ribeiro (your fellow former Sentinel intern, currently living in North Carolina)

Nick Adams said...

sweet photos.

David Walter Banks said...

Elyse, your photographs are always like poetry to my eyes. Thanks for the inspiration.