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Robin Black

Otherworldly Waiotapu (Rotorua, New Zealand)

This geothermal area was our first official photo destination after arriving in Auckland. Exploring the brightly colored pools, it felt like we weren't just in another country, but in another world altogether. The Champagne Pool is the obvious star of Waiotapu, but the entire place offers up beautiful and bizarre landscapes. This stream, which runs hot (as you can see by the mist) and is fed by one of the geothermal springs, has built up green-blue terraced mineral deposits, and the chemicals in the water have bleached much of the color from this one tree clinging to the slope above it so much that its foliage is the same color as the water in the stream.

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