a muddy pond

enticing 

rotorua mud

treat with care

Rotorua in the central North Island of New Zealand is known world-wide for its mud. The healing qualities of this mud were discovered long ago by the original settlers the Maori. When the British began settling across the North Island in the first half of the C19th acquiring land either by treaty or theft they came to Rotorua and also discovered the thermal ponds, the mud ponds and the geysers. Quickly they established health centres using the ponds and mud.  However the Maori knew the dangers of these ponds and it took time as Europeans found out  tragically one could not simply enter many ponds, they were either too hot or swallowed up people like quicksand. Today the ponds are fenced off or the thermal waters are tapped and bathing is guided. The mud is sold  world wide packaged as Rotorua Mud. Jill and I brought some home and as yet I have to try it out, maybe its the miracle I need!

The one a week Photo Challenge word challenge this week is POND . This is my challenge. For this years challenge planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at  https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/one-a-week-photo-challenge-2017/

spiral trio

lighthouse dance

spiral up twist down

shout success

seagull shouts

cloud spirals and twists

twilight act

maori art

twist and spiral form

colour shouts

The first Haibun is the Port fairy Lighthouse, unfortunately locked up to prevent the latest dance craze.

Secondly another beautiful sunset over Port Phillip Bay from Ricketts Point with a lone seagull adding its voice to natures art.

Third is the Maori art work and totem at the entrance to the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua New Zealand. We were a bit disappointed by the commercialisation and overcrowding inside the spa. We were in and out as quickly as if visiting a casino and opted for a wander along the foreshore of Lake Rotorua.

Three contributions to, firstly the one a week Photo Challenge. The challenge this week is SPIRAL . For this years challenge planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at  https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/one-a-week-photo-challenge-2017/     and secondly RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 140 Twist&Shout where this posts joins lots of others at https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-140-twistshout/

volcanic call sign

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from the earth

hot rising water

so smelly

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Sulphurous geysers gently bubble to the surface in fenced off sections of Kuirau Public Park in Rotorua New Zealand. Maori first used these geothermal springs for health and cooking across many generations after arriving in this area. Later in the C19th The English arrived in Rotorua and quickly took opportunities to utilise the hot springs for various health related issues and commercial opportunities.

Today Rotorua in the middle of the North Island is an essential stop for visitors to New Zealand for learning about and experiencing Maori culture and to confront serious geothermal activity.

Jill and I spent 3 fascinating days in Rotorua during our recent first visit to New Zealand. For those who follow this blog and also whose blogs I follow that is the reason I have been out of communication for some weeks. I am back now and will share more of our New Zealand experiences  with haiku for a while.