WQW #32: Transportation: Cars and Trucks

Marsha’s WQW challenge

Cars are the ultimate symbol of freedom, independence and individualism. They offer the freedom to “go anywhere,” whenever it suits and with whom one chooses.


Old car in Napier
Classic Car
Cars and trike parked in a parking lot
Red Cars

WQW #30: Enjoying Great Lakes and Not-So-Great Lakes

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Lake Taupō (also spelled TaupoMāoriTaupō-nui-a-Tia or Taupōmoana) is a large crater lake in New Zealand‘s North Island, located in the caldera of the Taupō Volcano. The lake is the namesake of the town of Taupō, which sits on a bay in the lake’s northeastern shore. With a surface area of 616 km2 (238 sq mi), it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake by surface area in geopolitical Oceania after Lake Murray in Papua New GuineaMotutaiko Island lies in the southeastern area of the lake.

Lake Taupō

Lake Taupō has a perimeter of approximately 193 km (120 mi) and a maximum depth of 186 m (610 ft). It is drained by the Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest river), and its main tributaries are the Waitahanui River, the Tongariro River, and the Tauranga Taupō River. It is a noted trout fishery with stocks of introduced brown and rainbow trout.

NASA satellite photo of Lake Taupō

The level of the lake is controlled by Mercury Energy, the owner of the eight hydroelectric dams on the Waikato River downstream of Lake Taupō, using gates built in 1940–41. The gates are used to reduce flooding, conserve water and ensure a minimum flow of 50 m3/s (1,800 cu ft/s) in the Waikato River. The resource consent allows the level of the lake to be varied between 355.85 and 357.25 metres (1,167.5 and 1,172.1 ft) above sea level. – Wikipedia

Storm Clouds over Lake Taupo in New Zealand

WQW #29: Rivers, the Lifeblood of the Desert

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Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon, is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160 kilometres long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. Wikipedia

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon worldwide after the Grand Canyon in the USA . The Canyon forms part of the state-run Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfontier Park. Entrance to the Park is situated 10 kilometres from the well-known view point Hell`s Bend at the Hobas Restcamp.

“A river has many curves, but it always reaches the ocean.”

– Donald L. Hicks

Fish River Canyon, Namibia

The Fish River is 800 kilometres long and thus the longest river of Namibia. It has its source in the eastern parts of the Naukluft Mountains.

Fish River

“Water is the driving force of all nature.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Fish River