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The Eagle's Nest, Wairakei, New Zealand by Valentine & Sons
The Eagle's Nest, Wairakei, New Zealand by Valentine & Sons

The Eagle's Nest, Wairakei, New Zealand, 1892

Valentine & Sons

This enigmatic photograph looks every bit like a giant bird’s nest. Sticks are built up, nest-like; it only lacks an eagle to complete the scene. But this image is in fact a view of the mouth of Eagles Nest Geyser in New Zealand. This now-dormant geyser sat in a clump of trees on a point over the bank of a stream. The sticks that surround it were coated with silica crystals from the geyser’s steam, which soaked them regularly with 10-foot eruptions every half hour.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum
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