This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of Lake Taupo, in the middle of New Zealand’s North Island.
Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun. of course the story can be about anything.
The thing about this lake is that it’s actually a caldera. Taupo volcano is one of the world’s biggest – a supervolcano on the same scale as Yellowstone or Toba. It’s been active for the last 300,000 years, and the current lake was formed about 26,000 years ago when the volcano “blew” with apocalyptic effects not just on New Zealand – but the world. There is good evidence that this ‘Oruanui’ eruption precipitated our planet into a new ice age.
Taupo went on to erupt a further 26 times until the last explosion, 1800 years ago, which turned Roman sunset skies orange.
Will Taupo blow again? You betcha. US author Piper Bayard envisaged just that happening as the setting for her post-apocalyptic novel Firelands.
So should I be worried standing on the edge like this…? New Zealand’s seismologists are monitoring it and there’s apparently no danger this week. Next week? Who knows…
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