View from the Top (iv)
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|Browns Island – Motukorea – “Island of the Oyster Catcher”|
(See Pam “Coasties” photo of the Oyster Catcher bird, posted this week).
This is the 15th in a series on Rangitoto, Auckland’s newest volcano.
This is facing South from Rangitoto Island. Unfortunately, this is one of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf that I have never visited. Motukorea / Browns Island erupted about 10,000 years ago when the Waitemata Harbour was still a forested river valley. Initial eruptions produced a large explosive crater surrounded by a high tuft ring, the remains of which now form high cliffs on the NE side of the island.
Many other fire fountains have left a deep crater, the highest part of the island. A apron of lava from around the base of the cones forms about 2km to the south and west under the sea.
Motukorea was cleared of forest, settled and cultivated by the Maori in pre-European times. Stone heaps and retaining walls mark the sites of early gardens and earthworks to defend the 3 Pa’s that were there. Pa’s – Maori villages.
The earliest recorded European visitors to Motukorea came in 1820. The island was bought from Ngai Tai chiefs by William Brown (hence Brown Island) and John Logan Campbell who lived in a large raupo hut and used as a trading base for a while. In 1873 it was sold again and many other owners settled and lived on it until 1955 when it was gifted to the people of Auckland.
Fauna and flora values are low fro this grassy island, but many Oyster Catchers, Reef Herons and NZ Dotterels nest there. The island is now free from all introduced animal pests. Motukorea is 59,8934 hectares.
Notes from : “The Story if Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park”
Make – SONY Model - DSC-P8
DateTime - 2005:02:22 13:04:38
ExposureTime - 10/5000 seconds
FNumber - 9.00
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
MaxApertureValue - F 2.83
FocalLength - 13.60 mm
FileSource - DSC - Digital still camera
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- [2005-03-10 4:03]
When we'll reach NZ you'll take us to this island, will you, Janice :-) ? It looks absolutely great! Volcanic activity is little scary thing but it makes beautiful landscapes! Great panorama Janice!
Very nice view.It seems part of paradise.
I sent you a workshop only for another look.Hope You'l like it.
Piekne zdjecie. Taki cudowny pejzaz ze az chciałoby krzyczec z radosci ze swiat jest taki wspanialy. Niesamowite macie te widoki, zapieraja dech, zmuszaja do marzen i sa tak szalenie egzotyczne.
Snie o nich...
- [2005-03-10 5:32]
Excellent shot Janice,:) you really captured the whole Rangitoto theme very nicely, well captured and good composition of the shot. Well done!
Nice landscape, but it would need a bit more contrast and colours.