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, and are 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 tells 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.
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lousat (98285) 2011-07-27 2:41
Hi Sue,i like a lot this low point of view to create this nice perspective,there is all the peace of this cloudy day into your pic,excellent quality of sharpness and colors and nice composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
Crispilandia (842) 2011-07-28 13:51
I like the composition of the image, these rocks so awesome and a very natural colors.
As you say in your presentation is a luxury to show wonders of your country:)
Your note is very interesting, I love it!
Have a nice day,
Nicou (152026) 2011-08-08 9:07
très belle compo et image superbe quel beau rocher tout rond avec les algues et cette vue fantastique ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
Selmik (3625) 2011-08-11 19:42
thank You for your comments on my photos.
Really idillic picture, quiet and simple, good depth and perspective. I would love to visit it in reality.
Excellent, informative notes.
dkmurphys (65148) 2011-08-24 1:54
Lovely places in your country. I had some relatives there for some years. A beautiful composition with the sea and those unusual rocks.
Well seen, have a great day.
Waylim (25436) 2011-08-28 12:27
What a beautiful and unusual rocks and landscape. You really don't have to go out of the country to do and enjoy wonderful photography. That what this site is also about, we can learn and enjoy lanscape and culture of place that we may or may never be one day.
this is a very good shot, I like your composition with the rocks as the main foreground leading to the distance landscape. The cloudy day is not the best but you did a good job.