Yes, I know. There are volcanos everywhere and we have all seen them, but I have never spent any quality time with volcanos so my last hurrah of a trip down-under was to tramp for 3 days around the bottoms, middles, and definitely the tops of active volcanoes. Tongariro has 3 of the most famous ones in NZ and I visited all three which are in a nice tight group. So, pictures of volcanos are a dime a dozen, but these are my dozen (actually a baker’s dozen).
But first, just to give a touch of background, these volcanos regularly erupt. They are small eruptions, but people and property can get hurt. There have been a number of eruptions since 2000. The cafe where I have been getting my Flat White each morning has a photo of the 1996 eruption on the wall. The Wakapapa Chateau at the ski village is in the foreground which makes the photo very dramatic. Yesterday I was in front of the Chateau and tried to imagine 20 years ago.
In any case, here is a selection of photos in no order. The process of curation was whether I really liked the image. All the volcanos are napping now. If an image looks like something dramatic is happening, it isn’t.