Ngauruhoe

This other worldly landscape is the Ngauruhoe Volcano in New Zealand. From this vantage point you can see why the desolate location was chosen to represent Mordor in the Lord of the Rings movies. I think it is something more akin to Mars if not for the blue sky… There fixed that in Photoshop. 🙂

Overlook of Doom

This is another look at the real Mt. Doom, Mount Ngauruhoe, on New Zealand’s North Island. I took this picture near Blue Lake. Mount Ngauruhoe towers over the red crater, on the adjacent Mount Tongariro, from which the famous Tongariro Crossing gets its name. You can see the trail to the right of the crater,…

Volcanic Land

This is the other-worldly landscape of the Tongariro Crossing in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island. Emerald waters, volcanic craters, and land that seems to belch volcanic gases from under every rock. This is the land that inspired the world of Mordor in the Lord of the Rings movies. The closest crater in the photo is…

Tongariro Crossing

New Zealand’s Tongariro Crossing is a challenging 12-mile hike across some of the most unique and beautiful landscape on the planet. When you hike the crossing you literally pass right next to the Tongariro’s volcanic crater. Ngauruhoe is the volcano looming behind Tongariro’s crater. If you look on the right-hand side of this image you can…

Middle-Earth

The seemingly perfect cone volcano is Mount Ngauruhoe, as seen from the top of Mount Tongariro in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan then you would know this place better as Mordor or Mount Doom. Beyond Ngauruhoe is another volcanic mountain, Ruapehu, which is the…