Sulphur, Black Water & Steam
Walking in the crater of White Island is an eerie experience. You are very aware that this place is still an active volcano. Moving away from the safety of the beach, wearing a supplied yellow hard hat and carrying a gas mask around the neck, you follow a milky stream along a well trodden trail towards the noisy steaming fumarole in the distance. Running almost parallel to the milky stream is another stream – this one tarry black. Such is the chemical composition of a volcanic cone. One is constantly reminded of the instability of this place. There is 24/7 seismic monitoring and an escape route if conditions change suddenly.
Sony Alpha DSLR – A200, 1/125 sec, F16, ISO 100, Sigma DC 18-200mm lens at 18mm