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Te Arai Te Uru

Te Arai Te Uru
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-31
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Northland via West & East Coasts
Theme(s): Seascapes; Sea Views; Coastal Views [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-02 2:02
Viewed: 5327
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hokianga Harbour

We have been away for a few days, travelling north of Auckland and staying at Hokianga, Kerikeri and Whangarei.) I have a “few”(!!!!) photos that I will share with you over the next few weeks.

We drove up the west coast also known as the Kauri Coast because of the large amount of kauri trees that grow in the Waipoua Forest, the largest tract of unmodified mature kauri forest, home to the largest living kauris: Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere.

I have come back so amazed at the amount of native bush areas we have in Northland, Bay of Islands. I was so excited even walking in the forest seeing the majestic trees: like the Rimu, Totara, Kawakawa, Manuka, Kanuka, Putaputaweta, and even the FERNS and mosses. So many and so plentiful. I just loved it. And I’ll post some of these soon…

Those are some great Maori names for you to pronounce.

This photo is of my favourite Lookout in New Zealand. It is Te Arai Te Uru , the outer South Head at the entrance to the Hokianga Harbour . The sandy piece of land in the distance is a giant sand dune of the North Head. Notice the shape of the Manuka growing on the cliff – see how it has been flattened by the wind as it has grown to the shape of the hill.

The harbour mouth opens to the Tasman Sea , turbulent in many moods. Like most west-coast rivers or harbours in NZ there is a shifting sand bar about a mile out from the heads, treacherous even to those who know it well, and especially when a south-westerly storm sweeps in as well few responsible sea captains would consider entering.

If you look hard enough, you might just see Australia in the distance, 1200 miles away!

dew77, coasties, red45, LordPotty, scottevers7, carper, liquidsunshine, hummingbird24, marhowie, gerhardt, Luc, Alan_Kolnik has marked this note useful
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To hummingbird24: I won't be stingy!!Janice 1 11-03 01:23
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-02 2:29]

Hello Janice!
Very nice seascape.POV,colors,large DOF,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi Janice,
It's a beutiful scene you have caught.
The colours, composition and POV are great.
Excellent work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-02 3:40]
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Hello Janice!

I'm glad that you returned! Looks like it was very good trip for you! I'm amazed by so many melodious Maori names and by your story. First picture looks great - I love warm light and colours, wide open POV, waves and sky. Great land/seascape!

Hi Janice

Stunning shot. POV is excellent. I particularly like the silver grey cloud in the upper right corner. I like the effect on the greenery from the light giving the shade and light areas. Nicely composed. Well done.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-11-02 4:39]

Hi Jancie
Having been "away" from this site for a while, I find it welcoming to see one of your scenic shots at my first visit. The balance and "layout" is very good. Beautiful country you must have.

Lovely view Janice.
Its a few years since I was here,but I caught some lovely cod off the rocks just below where you took this shot.You would have enjoyed seeing the great Kauris.Amazing aren't they?

Hi Janice,
A really beautiful seascape shot. The composition and framing look perfect to me. Colors and detail are spot on. Great shot!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-11-02 13:13]

beautiful country you lives Janice,
good view you have here for us the composition is nice, I almost can hear the sea.. great job,
gr. jaap

Very nice Scenery Janice,
Very good colour, detail and composition.

Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Breathtaking Janice!

Excellent POV, lighting, colors, in this landscape composition.

I am looking forward to the next one, please don't be stingy :-)

Wonderful job, thank you.

Wonderful landscape Janice. Running late :-(
Thank You.

Lovely shot, serene view, nice work.


Wonderful peaceful picture...Well taken...

It's a lovely shot!

Can't type much... can look and click though... sorry for the short comment.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-05 21:43]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: not very strong: I never gone there ;-( and I cant remember the last time I saw a sea.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Janice.

Beautifully composed - the tall grass shoots inthe foreground provide just the right frame to the left side of the photograph. The scene itself is beautiful, and one can almost step into it!

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