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Primrose Terrace

Primrose Terrace
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-15
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 18-50 f3.5-5.6 DC, Digital ISO-400
Exposure: f/11, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Trips to New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-23 4:06
Viewed: 4460
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Primrose Terrace at Wai-O-Tupu (south of Rotorua) has been formed by water from the Champagne Pool which contains dissolved silica. As the water evaporates, the silica is left on the ground. It is a very gradual process of formation, very much like how stalactites and stalagmites are formed. It is estimated that the Primrose Terrace have been forming over the past 700 years since the last major geothermal activity in Wai-O-Tapu.
The formation is similar in its development to the famous silica terraces at Pamukkale in Turkey and this one is the largest in the southern Hemisphere, those these have a unique greenish tinge to the deposit.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-23 4:12]

I know a same place in Turkey (Pamukkale) and it's a first time that i can see the new zealand brother.Fantastic choice of point of view to create a magic effect and an abstract peinture,excellent composition and quality too.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-23 4:45]

Hi Chris.
I have never seen such attractive formation. You have presented it with excellent skill. Colour palette is amazing> delicate and pleasant. Details are superb too. DOF is really great. Composition of the shot is spot on. Well done and best wishes.

This certainly is among the wonders of nature, Chris.
You have documented this phenomenon very well through this picture.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Chris,
This is a very impressive (like the All Blacks :-)geological formation and for whatever reason not as well known as the Turkish one.

I wonder how deep it is at the thickest point?

The natural, delicate colours make it a pleasure to view your photo, and the details look like a wedding cake...


Greetings from South Africa

Hi Chris,
I looked at your picture with delight and wonder. You explain that the Wai-O-Tupu sinter terasses are made of dissolved silica. I had visited Pamukkale where (as you state yourself) similar patterns are observed. The similarity is surprising since in Pamukkale carbonate, not silicate, is deposited. Thanks for presenting and explaining to us!
Best regards

Hello Chris,
Great composition with very good details and colours.
Interesting capture.

Hi, Chris,
Fantastic and strange composition of tones, shapes and reliefs.
Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-24 2:56]

Hello Chris,
Never heard of this place, very impressive and beautiful. Surprising colours. Great DOF, POV and composition.

Amazing geological formations resembling our Cotton castles in deed MF! Nice to see New Zeland ones.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!

Ciao Chris. Fantastic graphic results with best management of light and colours. An interesting alternative idea.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-25 1:46]

Hello Chris,
this is an exciting phenomena. Very exciting to note the beauty of the terraced. From distance it is so exciting and you have shown it so clear.
Im yet to witness the beauty in such a pleasant style.


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  • dolors (33)
  • [2010-08-02 12:32]

Hello Chris,
A beautiful example of these natural terraces. This picture is a delight to behold. Thank you.

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