Photographer's Note

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever!!

I took this photo yesterday from Murrays Bay beach. It is autumn here in New Zealand now and yesterday was just like summer. My husband and I walked to the next beach for a cappuccino in the local café, and I just had to bring my camera along – and I was so pleased I had.

The water you see here is the Hauraki Gulf, and the land in the far distance is Coromandel, part of NZ’s eastern coastline.

The tiny group of islands on the left are The Noises – the larger of those small group of islands are called Motuhoropapa and Otata.

Then there’s Rakino island, approximately 1½ km long and ¾ km wide, a small island of approximately 146 hectares and has a rugged rocky coastline and several very small bays. The hilly island is mostly in pasture with pockets of coastal Pohutukawa. The main wharf where the ferry arrives is at Sandy Bay where there is a community hall and a small library.

The island has around 35 permanent residents in 75 dwellings and attracts a few hundred holiday makers in the summer with relaxing beaches and the pace is unhurried.

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Additional Photos by Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 68 N: 1359] (4403)
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