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Hobbit Hole, HobbitonTe Hoho RockCathedral Cove Sea CaveMud Death Star - Bubbling Mud Pits of RotoruaQueenstown View - New ZealandFranz Josef Glacial ValleyChampagne Pool on Mars: Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal RotoruaApproaching Hobbiton - Matamata, New ZealandCathedral Cove Beach Sunrise Starburst - New ZealandStorm in Milford Sound - New ZealandTe Hoho Rock: Cathedral Cove - Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand
Hobbit Hole, Hobbiton
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Hobbit Hole, Hobbiton

This is one of the many Hobbit holes of Hobbiton, home of Tolkien's Hobbits (from Lord of the Rings) in New Zealand. I took this photo two days after they had finished filming scenes for The Hobbit film, so all the sets & props were still fresh. It felt as if the Hobbits had just left moments ago.

Up until recently there was an embargo on all photos taken at the Hobbiton film set, but that has recently been lifted. I'm not entirely sure why it was lifted just now, but I'm not complaining. :)

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June 22, 2012 9:25 am      Permalink

Te Hoho Rock
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Te Hoho Rock

Te Hoho Rock (limestone sea stack) in Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand.

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February 16, 2012 9:31 pm      Permalink

Cathedral Cove Sea Cave
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Cathedral Cove Sea Cave

This is Cathedral Cove along the limestone coastline on the north island of New Zealand. This photo was taken from inside a big sea cave, looking out to a limestone pillar farther down on the beach (called Te Hoho Rock). Scenes of the Narnia kids re-entering Narnia from the Chronicles of Narnia (Prince Caspian) film were shot here. This is on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand.

My previous Te Hoho Rock photo was taken from above this sea cave.

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February 13, 2012 9:26 am      Permalink

Mud Death Star - Bubbling Mud Pits of Rotorua
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Mud Death Star - Bubbling Mud Pits of Rotorua

This "mud death star" is a big (around 1 foot in diameter) mud bubble captured at mid-burst using a fast shutter speed. This was part of a much bigger bubbling mud pit outside of Rotorua, New Zealand (Wai-O-Tapu). There were many such mud pits, each with its own interval and resulting shape. Some would bubble fast and not very high while others would erupt every couple minutes with mud spewing many feet into the air.

You may also be interested in my Champagne Pool on Mars photo which was also taken in the same area.

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January 18, 2012 11:05 pm      Permalink

Queenstown View - New Zealand
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Queenstown View - New Zealand

This was our view from Queenstown one evening as rays of light danced in the sky across Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown quickly became our favorite town in New Zealand due to its small size and spectacular location on the South Island.

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December 28, 2011 9:59 am      Permalink

Franz Josef Glacial Valley
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Franz Josef Glacial Valley

Green & red lichen covering the rocks below a waterfall on the south island of New Zealand. You might be surprised that within a mile of this green, temperate rainforest is the edge of Franz Josef Glacier. The western coast of the south island of New Zealand is unique in that you have glaciers next to rain forest, not too far from sea level. Part of the reason that the ice gets so low is that the mountains are so steep and the glacier moves so fast that it gets quite far into warmer climate before melting.

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December 21, 2011 10:22 am      Permalink

Champagne Pool on Mars: Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Rotorua
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Champagne Pool on Mars: Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Rotorua

This is the Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu (which means Sacred Waters), the most colorful geothermal area that we saw while exploring the volcanic features of Rotorua, New Zealand. The colors in some of the hot pools looked unreal, as if something you'd see on Mars or some other part of the galaxy. What you can't see in the photo is the sulfur smell that would engulf us whenever the wind blew the steam our direction.

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December 7, 2011 9:27 am      Permalink

Approaching Hobbiton - Matamata, New Zealand
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Approaching Hobbiton - Matamata, New Zealand

As we drove on the north island of New Zealand we couldn't believe how many scenes like this we saw along the side of the road. This particular sheep farm just outside of Matamata is Hobbiton of The Shire from Lord of the Rings. Just around the corner to the left in this photo, dug into the hillside, are the hobbit holes and all the other features of Hobbiton that you see in the films. They had just finished filming The Hobbit when we were there, so they made us promise not to post any photos of the hobbit holes until the movies come out. But this photo is just outside that area, and still gives you a sense of what the countryside of Hobbiton looks like.

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December 6, 2011 9:00 am      Permalink

Cathedral Cove Beach Sunrise Starburst - New Zealand
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Cathedral Cove Beach Sunrise Starburst - New Zealand

Sunrise on the beach at Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula of the northern island of New Zealand. I hiked in the dark about 30 minutes or so to get here just as the sun was rising. This photo was taken not too far away from my previous Cathedral Cove photo, looking the opposite direction down the coast.

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December 5, 2011 10:32 am      Permalink

Storm in Milford Sound - New Zealand
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Storm in Milford Sound - New Zealand

It rained for much of my short visit to Milford Sound, which isn't surprising considering it's the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand and one of the wettest places in the world. Milford Sound has been known to receive 10 inches of rain in the span of 24 hours, which is about as much rain as Los Angeles gets in an entire year. Annual rainfall is over 22 feet (over 6.5 meters). But it isn't just always raining; the weather changed dramatically over the course of my 2-hour boat ride, even breaking up for some sun for a little while. In this photo you can see a new batch of rain descending down the steep glacier-carved peaks.

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December 2, 2011 2:21 pm      Permalink

Te Hoho Rock: Cathedral Cove - Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand
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Te Hoho Rock: Cathedral Cove - Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

This is spectacular Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula of the northern island of New Zealand. The limestone sea stack on the beach (called Te Hoho Rock) used to be a sea cave connected to the mainland but it eventually eroded, leaving this pinnacle. I climbed above a different sea cave to get the ferns in the foreground while looking down on Cathedral Cove.

See my Entrance to Narnia photo for the view from the sea cave below.

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December 1, 2011 9:39 am      Permalink