Photographer's Note

The west coast of the South Island has this unusual geological formation, known as the Pancake Rocks. (Roches de crêpe). Looking south over the Tasman sea. I liked the 'z' shape in the composition, formed by following the mts down to the right into the sea, then left along the coastline, & back along the rocks heading right. More informatiom here:

"Punakaiki is best known for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. It is also the centre for Paparoa National Park - 30,000 ha of varied landscape from mountain tops to sea level. Punakaiki is one of the major tourist attractions on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand."

"These limestone rocks began forming 30 million years ago as tiny fragments of dead marine creatures such as bivalve shellfish and other molluscs, creating an even layer of sediment on the seabed. Earthquake action lifted the layers to the surface. The sea, wind and rain have since sculpted the unusual rock formations. As heavy swells thunder into caverns beneath the rocks, huge water spouts blast skywards through the blowholes. When high tides coincide with strong westerly winds, 15 metre foaming geysers can be seen."

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13387 W: 1022 N: 26092] (126527)
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