At the southern end of Lake Rotorua lies Sulfur (correct spelling!) Bay. This is a geothermal wetland that this area is famous for. The milky colour of the water is a result of suspended particles of sulphur in the water. Although not a good source of food, there is little oxygen in the water, the warmth and close proximity to other feeding grounds, as well as its status as a wildlife refuge, makes this a safe haven for over 60 species of birds. It also makes it a very smelly place.
One for you Mick. A family of black swans using one of the many tributaries that feed the main lake.
In the Redwoods Forest area itself, near to the visitors centre, is this sculpture. Carved in wood, by a local artist, it is a reminder of what this area is all about. The forest itself is a haven for walkers, bikers and horse riders alike, with many well managed trails for all, ranging from beginners to extreme. Guess the ones I went on? Correct!
Back in Rotorua, made a bee line for the Library Cafe where I enjoyed a piece of pecan pie yesterday. It was so good, had to return today. This time there was a big chicken collecting for charity. It was worth donating to get this shot. All proceeds were to assist animals who were being ill treated so a worthy cause. Actually, the whole town centre was full of such characters, so lets hope they did well today.
Another good ride today taking in a variety of scenery. Have to guess the mileage again so taking into account the time I was out, 15 miles seems a good estimate.