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Archive for April 18, 2013

After the Storm

After the Storm, Takapuna Beach, Auckland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

The storm has come and gone, but there is more rain forecast for the weekend.  Not as severe as last time, but bringing more welcome wetness.

Northerly storm systems pound the reef at the western end of Takapuna Beach and uproot kelp seaweed from the rocks. Waves then distribute the kelp along the 1,200 metre beach where it lies for up to two weeks until the local authority brings it’s machinery out to gather the seaweed up and take it away for composting.  Local hobby gardeners also gather seaweed to add to their compost heaps, or dig it into their gardens to lie over winter in preparation for the spring growing season.