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Moeraki Boulders

These are the famous Moeraki Boulders.


This was taken on Saturday morning, the final day of my South Island tour. The forecast was for rain and after nearly a week of disappointing sunrises (and sunsets) I didn't have high hopes for anything different that morning.


But boy did Mother Nature put on a show for us! It was one of the best sunrises I've seen and if it was only going to happen once that week, I'm glad it happened while we were here. It's a pretty special place and to see it in that light makes it even better. The funny thing is, an hour later and it was a boring, overcast day so the place looked completely different, yet that's when the (other) tourists started turning up. It was the same at several other places too -- most tourists never get to see these places at their best, which is a bit sad really.


I found it very difficult to get a good composition of the boulders in formation. In the end this was the best I got, which is not great but it'll have to do. I'll have to have another go at them one day, but I can't imagine getting another sunrise like this!


From the official site:


"The Moeraki Boulders are a number of huge spherical stones, found strewn along a stretch of Koekohe Beach near Moeraki, a small settlement just south of Hampden on New Zealand's Otago coast. These boulders are grey-coloured septarian concretions which have been exposed through shoreline erosion from black mudstone coastal cliffs that back the beach. They originally formed in ancient sea floor sediments during the early Paleocene some 60 million years ago.


The boulders weigh several tonnes and are up to three metres in diameter. "


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Taken on May 9, 2009