Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Giant Marbles – Moeraki

Moeraki Boulders, Otago, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Triplets

I first saw the boulders at Moeraki in the year I left high school when I was hitch-hiking around the South Island of New Zealand with a school friend.  The next time was when we were camping in the South Island with our three young sons in the early 1980s. Finally, some 30 years later we visited them again.  Each time I see them they remind me of giant marbles.

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast of New Zealand near the fishing village of Moeraki. They can be seen  as isolated boulders, or as clusters of boulders within a limited stretch of beach where they have been protected in a Department of Conservation reserve. Wave erosion of mudstone cliffs at the edge of the beach frequently exposes embedded isolated boulders. Needless to say, they are a great attraction for the many visitors to the beach.

Moeraki Boulders, Otago, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Picture This

Koekohi Beach is a wonderful stretch of golden sand that allows for easy access to the boulders. They have been photographed from every angle, climbed on, posed on or with, closely inspected and marveled at. Individually or together , they make wonderful subjects.

Moeraki Boulders, Otago, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Moeraki Boulders, Otago, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Moeraki Boulders, Otago, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Shattered

Moeraki Boulders, Otago, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

2 responses

  1. Very very cool! Love that last shot.

    March 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    • Thanks Tina. Interesting, aren’t they?

      March 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm

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