It was a source of frustration trying to find where exactly the famous 'Taupo Tree' was. By the usual Google map searching provided inconsequential results so it wasn't until a period of just physically wandering around likely areas against the lake shore and a hidden entry found by chance that managed to discover for my self this elusive tree. Ha... its not like it was running away but in the end was just hiding in plain sight.
So now every time we pass this way it's a given that a visit to the tree is in order. Following is a selection of images from the Taupo Tree and it's next door cousin at various times of the seasons.
A square format image of the tree made on a cold still morning in winter with the resident birds resting in the tree with the geothermal steam clouds in the background.
The tree in winter with a low lake level showing the foreshore creating a curved line towards the tree in the lake.
A square format image using a long exposure with a small sunburst just above the Taupo Tree.
The other tree in Lake Taupo which is sometimes regarded as the poor cousin of the other tree as its not as photogenic but still has so much character.
A black and white rendition of the Taupo Tree in a square format with the north western shore line in the background.
A colour version of the Taupo Tree looking due north with Taupo Town in the far distance with a long exposure to flatten the lake water.