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Another from my dawn shoot at Koekohe Beach in the south Island of NZ of the famous Moeraki Boulders. Got a bit wet here - camera had its raincoat on though.
The Moeraki Boulders are huge spherical stones that are scattered over the sandy beaches, but they are not like ordinary round boulders that have been shaped by rivers and pounding seas. These boulders are classed as septarian concretions, and were formed in ancient sea floor sediments. They were created by a process similar to the formation of oyster pearls, where layers of material cover a central nucleus or core. For the oyster, this core is an irritating grain of sand. For the boulders, it was a fossil shell, bone fragment, or piece of wood. Lime minerals in the sea accumulated on the core over time, and the concretion grew into perfectly spherical shapes up to three metres in diameter.

The original mudstone seabed has since been uplifted to form coastal cliffs. Erosion of the cliffs has released the three tonne captive boulders, which now lie in a haphazard jumble across the beach, some can still be seen emerging from the cliffs. Further erosion in the atmosphere has exposed a network of veins, which gives the boulders the appearance of turtle shells. Similar boulders occur at Shag Point, and the nearby swimming beach of Katiki. In Hawke’s Bay in the North Island, scientists have found that the central core of similar boulders contained perfectly preserved skeletons of turtles, sea snails and extinct reptiles, such as plesiosaurs.

Maori legend refers to the Moeraki Boulders as the wreckage from a large Waka (sailing canoe) called Araiteuru, when it was wrecked on the coast over 1000 years ago. The boulders are said to be the fishing nets and calabashes that were washed ashore and then turned into stone.

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Kate

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Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Moeraki Boulders -3
Username:katieb katieb
Uploaded:2 May 2013 - 9:32 AM
Tags:Beach, Boulders, Landscape / travel, Moeraki boulders, New zealand, South island
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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2013 - 10:19 AM

Love the limited palette and moody sky. There's a great visual triangle going on between the boulder, the headland and then the bright area of sky to the right which I find keeps my eye moving about before resting again on the boulder. Your spiel about them is really intersting too thanks. I imagine there's a lot of milage in re-visiting this location repeatedly at different times of day and in different weather conditions. Superb!

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2013 - 10:38 AM

Like the early morning light and tones Kate, can see why you got wet looking at that incoming rain storm.

Regards Richard

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Joline e2 Member 7Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2013 - 11:47 AM

Such a surreal landscape. This one looks like it's from another world.
There has recently been a wonderful 4 part series on "Nature" about the formation of Australia and NZ and it's journey through time.

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RLF e2 Member 4RLF vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2013 - 12:34 PM

Wonderful shot. They look man-made. Thanks for the information in the introduction.Grin

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suvarc
suvarc  4 India
2 May 2013 - 12:54 PM

Nice Composition.
~Suvajit

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
2 May 2013 - 3:41 PM

Terrific shot

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katieb
katieb e2 Member 9255 forum postskatieb vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 3:37 PM

A big thank you to Joline and John for your UA Smile
Kate

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