Mt Ruapehu 1 & 2
The sight of this enormous living volcano filled me with awe, and the realisation of just how insignificant we are in time and space. The rock here is over 200,000 years old, and the human constructions which cling to it are miniscule by comparison, and can be obliterated at any time.
This was a thrilling and dramatic scene to photograph. Wind, water, ice and fire sculpt the geography of this unforgiving region. Despite strong winds on the day this photograph was taken, dense cloud clung to the mountain. The mist also prevented any climbing on this particular day.
Shifting cloud-filtered light changed the scene every few minutes revealing or concealing at random different geographic details and distorting scale, without fully illuminating the larger landscape.
Mt Ruapehu has erupted several times, and its last eruption was in 2007. The rock here is 200,000 years old.
This stark and beautiful landscape left me with the feeling that nature is utterly hostile and indifferent to human life.