New Zealand Landscape Photography Artwork by Stephen Milner
Nestled away in the rolling hills of New Plymouth is Stoney River and it provides stunning views of Mt Taranaki. One evening, I made my way to this location with my Mamiya 6MF film camera and a roll of Fuji Astia 100 with the hope photographing this stunning view. Because of the large boulders, it's not an easy landscape to travel through and there where many times that I thought I had rolled my ankle. I wanted to capture this view in the softest light possible so I waited around until sunset. I battled with the pesky bitting sand flies for two hours whilst I searched this tricky landscape until I found my perfect location. It was an experience that I will never forget and I hope you enjoy it too.
Mount Taranaki is the second-tallest volcano in New Zealand, is an active 2,518m stratovolcano on the North Island, and is in the Egmont National Park. It is one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world. It is made of layers from lava flows and pyroclastic deposits. Mount Taranaki is the result of the Pacific Plate below the Australian Plate. Eruptions began 130,000 years ago. Large lava and pyroclastic eruptions occur on average every 500 years, with small eruptions every 90 years. Its last major eruption was around 1655, and there was a medium-sized eruption in 1755. The most recent eruption was minor and occurred around 1854.
Maori legends speak of Taranaki (previously known as Pukeonaki) as standing closer to other North Island volcanos called Ruapehu, Tongariro and Pihanga in Tongariro Nation Park. Pukeonaki was married to Ruapehu. Whilst Pukeonaki was away hunting, Ruapehu was wooed by the masculine Tongariro. When Pukeonaki returned, he and Tongariro fought over Ruapehu but, Tongariro was the strongest and defeated Pukeonaki. Pukeonaki fled west to the west coast, carved the Whanganui River on the way, and found new love with the Pouākai range.
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