Every corner of New Zealand is beautiful and amazing in their own ways. The areas around Rotorua, a few hours south of Auckland, are no exception. It has several pretty lakes and forests but I found the thermal areas quite unique. This is the Champaign Pool is Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Much of the pool has this rust colored ring around the outside.
"Blue doesn't exist?": Santorini, Van Gogh's Starry Night, Denims.. what's common? The colour "blue". But blue wasn't a colour known to human beings till recently.
So was it our genes that didn't let us see blue? Or were things different back then?
The cave paintings from 20,000 years ago have white, black, red, yellow but not blue. More recently a study proved that people who aren't taught about the colour blue, can't distinguish it from it being clear or green. Now, this may sound confusing but maybe in some way it explains why many people can't distinguish too easily between blue, green, teal, aqua, turquoise and cyan.
History says that blue was discovered rather recently - about 6,000 years ago. Blue was discovered when a certain blue stone was found in the Indian subcontinent near Afghanistan.
The Egyptians loved the colour, carried it back to their land and made dyes of the colour. Blue was something unique. And it makes sense because you don't really see too much of blue naturally in flora and fauna around you - as compared to red, yellow and green(which is blue, or is it? 😁 )
Jumping ahead in time, blue became a colour associated with trust, respect, intelligence, faith, wisdom - especially when the church decided to allocate the colour to Virgin Mary and most of her pictures and statues portrayed her wearing blue.
Many kingdoms used shades of blue for their flags and uniforms of "men in charge" to make them appear more trustworthy.
Today, blue is a colour that still fascinates us and hashtags on Instagram around this colour are proof.
Split Apple Rock, le premier stop du parc national d’Abel Tasman !
C’est également le deuxième rocher le plus photographié au monde après Ayers Rock en Australie...
Avec tous nos clichés, il a peut être une chance de devenir premier cette année. 🤩
📍Take me to Abel Tasman • 🍎
Slide on to the next pic to see my “where did the Glacier go?” face.
In all seriousness, how often & how realistically do you think about what it means to us & to this planet that globally, the solid water that made up these glaciers, is rapidly melting away & surging up the levels of the Seven Seas?
We as a species, are so drawn towards the sea, we love to live by the water & have in fact built many of our settlements around oceans & rivers. Rising levels of ocean water however, will make the dream of living by the sea merely a fantasy, since the constant flooding will only intensify with the increased quantities of water spilling out on the shores. The glacier behind me (it’s hardly even visible) used to reach out far beyond the point where I am sat in the picture. All that’s missing in solid water has already made its way into the Pacific. The same is happening in the Arctic, Greenland or Antarctica. The planet will endure for sure, water is water to her regardless of wether it’s solid or liquid. Mother Earth has been at this game for so many years, the figures of which our brains aren’t even equipped to process. We however, are newcomers to the game of playing masters of the world & who knows how long we can keep playing until Mother says “enough, time for sleep!”? I don’t mean to sound too somber & I know I don’t live nearly as compassionately & responsibly as I could, but I urge you and myself to carve out a few minutes every day to educate ourselves about all the ways in which we can become more “functional human beings” in the sense of becoming a useful, if not at least a benign speck of dust on the surface of this amazing blue planet! #saveplanetearth#saveourseas#healourplanet#savetheearth#mountcook#mountcooknationalpark
One of the best hiking tracks so far. #lakererelooptrack . About 1.5 drive from Queenstown. 4-6 hrs mainly flat so could fit all level. Farm/ forest/coast/waterfall/river crossing etc what a fun Easter!
Time to save our planet. It’s an extremely interesting and fragile time we are living in, and New Zealand is a country that is being effected first hand. For me that’s a scary position for us to be in. Since 1977, New Zealand has lost over 30% of its glaciers, while just in the last 10 years Franz Josef Glacier has lost hundreds of meters of ice. And this is just one example. Our global way of life is effecting people, animals and plants first hand. Polar bears have less space to hunt as the ice caps have rapidly decreased in size, sea life is effected because of the mass amounts of rubbish in our oceans and in the recent @ourplanet series, walruses were documented falling off huge cliffs to their death due to the lack of space to rest and recover. I recently have been seeing an inspiration of mine sharing a lot of her thoughts about climate change on her Instagram, (@helloemilie), and I was shocked to see that a lot of people don’t believe that most of this is the consequences of humans. I have a message for those people - If you don’t believe in climate change, fine. But we should all be trying to be better people by looking after the ONE planet we CAN call home. Use less single use plastic, waste less water, buy from sustainable sourced companies. “But I am only one person, what can I do” - it only takes one person to start making a difference. #thetimeisnow#newzealand#nzmustdo
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The weather is stunning on the West Coast right now, if you’re travelling through the South Island this Easter, stop by and say hi 👋 📷Photo by @kathyliuliu #WestCoastNZ