Lava Creek
This creek flows through the bedrock of an ancient lava flow. It was deposited by an extinct volcano located in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. Basalt lava usually flows in calm and fluid streams. Once such lava streams came to rest, the internal cooling of the lava can take a long time, allowing hexagonal columns to develop, that contour the internal cracks of the cooling process. Today this creek flows on top of these basalt columns. The brinks of this ancient lava flow are deeply hidden under the compact subtropical vegetation.
February 2001
Pentax K2, Pentax 28mm, f/22, 30sec, Kodak Ektachrome E6, ISO 100, tripod