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Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-22
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-06-26 6:03
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Moeraki Boulders

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden, which located at 45°20′42.99″S, 170°49′33.82″E. They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve. The erosion by wave action of mudstone, comprising local bedrock and landslides, frequently exposes embedded isolated boulders. These boulders are grey-colored septarian concretions, which have been exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them and concentrated on the beach by coastal erosion.

Local Māori legends explained the boulders as the remains of eel baskets, calabashes, and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of an Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe. This legend tell of the rocky shoals that extend seaward from Shag Point as being the petrified hull of this wreck and a nearby rocky promontory as being the body of the canoe's captain. In 1848 W.B.D. Mantell sketched the beach and its boulders, more numerous than now. The picture is now in the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. The boulders were described in 1850 colonial reports and numerous popular articles since that time. In more recent times they have become a popular tourist attraction, often described and pictured in numerous web pages and tourist guides.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 11:46 a.m.
Date: 22nd May 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/3
F-Stop: F/22
Focal Length: 19mm
Support: Manfrotto Tripod: 055CL Legs & 804RC2 Head
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hola Pam,
Preciosa imagen, con una composición, colores y luz fantásticas, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Pam
Excellent shot of this wonderful scene,
Long exposure works great here,
Fantastic colors and compo,Superb shot.


Hi Pam,
I can still remember your first photo on these wonderful shaped rocks. I am glad you posted another one. This time during the night with some more BG visable. I love the effect of the slow shutter speed and the fact that it gave you so much details.

Funny that across the ocean the same rocks show up along the beach. ManYee and Evelynn posted their versions.

Hi Pam,
Beautiful and moody composition. You should do more landscapes!
You have a good eye for composition on them. I am envious, 800 miles to the nearest beach for me. I could not be more centrally located in the US away from an ocean. This rocks!
No pun intended!

superb shot with beatuful colors and pov.
best regards from romania,

Hi Pam,
I think I've seen these posted here on TN before..Maybe Janice? I enjoy the panoramic composition & dark mood of the post. I did a WS for a different look.

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