Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Swan Lake (without the annoying ballet bit!)
This is Lake Tarawera near Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty. Shrowded in mist behind the lake is Mt Tarawera. In 1886 the moutain erupted destroying covering large parts of the country with ash. Worse still is that the so-called eighth wonder of the world, the Pink and White Terraces were destroyed. This eruption was fortold on this lake with the sighting of a phantom canoe or Waka Wairua, which elders of the local Maori tribe, Te Wairoa, insisted was a portent of doom.
When I went, I saw no portent of doom nor eruption. The swan on the right however, looked a tad shifty.
San Nakji for President!