Mount Taranaki, also called Mount Egmont, is an active but quietscent volcano located in Taranaki region in the west coast of the North Island, New Zealand. The 2518-metre-high mountain is one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world.
In early July 2015, I undertook a backpacking trip to this mountain. I trekked to two specific mountain huts: Maketawa Hut and Pouakai Hut, and witnessed one of the most dramatic weather phenomenons I have ever met during my stay in the mountain.
During my stay in Pouakai Hut, starting at mid night of 2 July 2015, severe storm attacked this area and lasted for about 20 hours: the wind speed reached above 100 km/hour, and I could feel the hut was shaking all the times. Nothing I could do except staying in the hut. But I had a hope to have interesting light conditions when the storm stopped. The storm ceased around 9pm on 3 July. From that moment, my photography around this place just began...
It was a full moon night on 3 July. After the storm stopped, the full moon already hang on the sky, while light rain was still going no. A moonbow then occurred on the west side of the mountain, just in front of the walkway of Pouakai Hut.