…and this picture was taken exactly 8 minutes later! Can you believe that? That’s how fast the weather can change over here.
One last look behind over South Crater and Mount Ngauruhoe…
On the opposite, the biggest lake of the hike, the Blue Lake.
Behind the Emerald Lakes, the view over the “Mordor” reminds that the Alpine Crossing covers only a tiny fraction of the vast Tongariro National Park.
Yes, this is the real colour of the lake.
I can’t really explain why, I know it’s because of specific elements released by the volcanoes but I don’t really know what gives these lakes this fabulous colour.