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I found another cloud shot I hadn't noticed .. like this one a bit better so you get to see it :-))

Aotearoa - Land of the Long White Cloud

New Zealand is the youngest country on earth - the last major landmass to be discovered.

Māori oral history names Kupe as the first explorer to discover New Zealand. He and his companion, Ngahue, captained two sea-going waka (canoes), Matahorua and Tawiri-rangi, and sailed south from Hawaiki (a mythical name given to the Maori peoples ancestral land, now considered most likely to be Rarotonga / Cook Islands) about 1000 years ago to see what lay beyond the horizon.

The first sign of a major land mass was a build up of white cloud in the distance. Kupe's wife, Hine-te-aparangi, called out "He ao he ao! He aotea! He aotearoa" ("A cloud, a cloud! A white cloud! A long white cloud!), and so the land was named Aotearoa - 'Land of the long white cloud'.

Apologies for the poor quality and particles inside the lens the Sony DSC-P150 was retired after these photos and replaced by new little digital cam for those moments when the DSLR aren't appropriate.
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Nov 07 2007 07:09 GMT sini
Great view!:)
Nov 07 2007 07:44 GMT Pea2007
WOW
Nov 07 2007 08:23 GMT iyerhari
very interesting:)
Nov 07 2007 08:55 GMT Bollitos
beautiful!!!!!
Nov 07 2007 15:14 GMT pauli3522
I WANT TO STAY THERE.....JUST ANOTHER DREAM...
Nov 07 2007 15:58 GMT SIGMUND
Great!!!!
Nov 07 2007 16:04 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks Sigmund

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