This week’s theme is autumn colours.

While most of my images are autumnal some

are simply shades of black, green, yellow/gold and red.

Autumn leaf abstract.


Brown and Gold.

Reds and greens.

Reds and Yellows

Part of an autumn streetscape


Green and red

Autumn leaves


Japanese maple



Orakei Korako Geothermal (NZ)

Black Cockatoo








hot molten or semi-fluid rock erupted from a volcano or fissure,
or solid rock resulting from cooling of this.


Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave…


…an interesting walk just above…


…the steam and beautifully…


…coloured rocks.






New Zealand


Our window view at

Bucklands BnB,



The Green Dragon Inn windows,

Hobbit Movie Set,

New Zealand

Saint Andrew’s Church,


New Zealand






making sure of avoiding potential danger,
mishap, or harm; cautious.


Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave…

…is located only a short drive from

Taupo in New Zealand.


I appose there are some who need a sign.

Although I’m not one of them.


Even 12 months ago I felt the path

could have been a bit wider.


And hand rails were a bit thin on the ground also.

In fact the way my knees are performing this year…

I don’t think I would attempt the 1.8 km,

666 step walk again…

…for fear of ending up like this sign.


Word of the Day Challenge:  Careful




Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Orakei-Korako-NZ


Below are some shots taken while…

admiring the Orakei Korako Geothermal

area in New Zealand.

Not necessarily in order…

but they do give an idea of…

what is was like to  walk this area.



It is hard to imagine that anyone would

wander off the path and signage

would be required.

I would have loved more handrails…

than there was.

This was one of the early indications that

it was not safe to step off the paths.


And this was nearing the end of

our 1.8 kilometre and 666 steps walk.

Had I known it was so long and so many steps

I may have thought twice.

However, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience,

and not too many others around

to spoil the  enjoyment.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Steps


Below is an area of The Great Ocean Road,

near The Twelve Apostles,

known as Gibsons Steps.

I don’t recall seeing steps but people who were

on the sand materialised in the car park

in a short space of time.

Vatican steps.


Viennese steps.

These steps are near the beginning of

the Orakei Korako Geothermal walk…

1.8 kilometres and nearly 666 steps later

(there was some more around the corner)

we were nearly there.

My knees were protesting and they

screamed even louder when they saw we had

several flights of these stairs to and from our room.

That was the night we were offered a ground floor room.

And took it.





While in New Zealand we were told about

the hidden valley near Taupo…

by locals and our nearly daughter-in-law. 

This photo is early stages…a step every so often.


And no-one had told us it was a 1.8 kilometre trail

around this geothermal area, often without

a handrail to stop a plunge into hot water.

However soon the were more now than again…

and steps which went down had an equal number

of counterparts going up.



At this stage, my prayers had been answered

and it was nearing the end.

As bad as my knees and foot felt at this stage,

I felt really pleased when I was told it was

a 1.8 kilometre walk which included 666 steps. 

I had survived and even the devils number

did not stop me…may have slowed me but….  🙂 






Our new Daughter-in-Law asked had we visited Orakei Korako.

It was on the next day’s agenda.

I left with a flat battery and this was my last photo. 

After 333 steps up and 333 steps down, along a 1.8 kilometre walk,

carrying a camera with a flat battery,

I would happily have been the reflection.

 A beautiful reflection in the centre of Hamilton Gardens..