Rangitoto is an island just off the coast of Auckland. It is volcanic, and has a very distinct cone shape. In geologic terms, it is only very recently extinct - last eruption was around 800 years ago.
It takes about 90 minute to get to Rangitoto by Ferry, and it's a two hours hike to the summit. The view from the top back toward Auckland city is breath-taking.
In the tracing images folder of the ArtRage application resources you'll find rangitoto sunrise.jpg - that picture is taken from one of the beaches on the waterfront of Auckland city. Rangitoto is the island at the left.
Jules, that's a fantastic silhouette. Brilliantly done. The background sky and sun definitely conveys the idea of hot desert.
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