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Lake Pupuke II

Posted by
Anina Botes (Auckland, New Zealand) on 8 August 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

This photo was taken a few minutes later than yesterday's.

A few evenings ago the weather was just perfect, although we are still in the midst of winter. We decided on the spur of the moment to go for a picnic... of course not without my camera... and my husband’s fly fishing rod... :) I had to up my ISO a bit, because I didn’t have my tripod with me (silly me) - therefore the slight noise in some of the photos in this series. A fencepost (not even high) was so 'kind' to help me balance myself - for what it was worth :)

Lake Pupuke is a freshwater lake occupying a volcanic crater between the suburbs of Takapuna and Milford on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. Located less than 500 m distance from the sea at one point, it has a circumference of around 6km and reaches about 60m in depth. It is popular with picnickers, paddlers, rowers, yachtsman, divers and wildfowl and there is a café adjacent to the old pumphouse. The increasing popularity has led to recent concern over water quality.

Other similar craters in the Auckland Volcanic Field were either buried by later eruptions, or breached by erosion as rainwater collected and overflowed the edge of the crater. Lake Pupuke remains a lake because water can escape through cracks in lava flows reaching under the crater wall, creating a series of freshwater springs along the beaches between Takapuna and Milford.

A Māori myth surrounding the lake tells of a Tupua couple, children of the Fire Gods. After quarreling and cursing Mahuika, the fire-goddess, their home on the mainland was destroyed by Mataoho, god of earthquakes and eruptions on Mahuika's behalf. Lake Pupuke resulted from the destruction, while Rangitoto Island rose from the sea as their exile. The mists surrounding Rangitoto at certain times are considered the tears of the Tupua couple for their former home.

2/5 Lake Pupuke Series

PENTAX *ist DL 3/10 second F/4.5 ISO 1600 43 mm

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3/10 second
ISO 1600
43 mm