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New on 500px : The Moeraki Boulders by TheWanderingSoul by TheWanderingSoul

The ‘Moeraki Boulders’ in the amazing light of the rising sun. I stayed there 3 days long during my my travel through the South Island of New Zealand in April this year. During the day that place isn’t so delightful as in the break of dawn – to many loud and lumbering other tourists. 😉

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New on 500px : A Lovers Waltz by darrenjbennett by darrenjbennett

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand, South island.

Darren J.

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New on 500px : Moeraki Boulders by Beachhead by Beachhead

One from a couple of years ago that I had not uploaded.I arrived here early and ran around in the dark trying to line up comps,in the end the sky went off and to my suprise I was the only one there on this morning.

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New on 500px : Moeraki Boulders – New Zealand by tarikalturki by tarikalturki

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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. 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 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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New on 500px : Moeraki Boulders II by yanzhang by yanzhang

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast of the South Island of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve.

I took this shot several minutes later to the one I previously posted here. While the massive red clouds were moving to the left, I liked the wave movements captured in this shot, very different from the earlier one.

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New on 500px : Be Together by yanzhang by yanzhang

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast of the South Island of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve.

This photo was taken on 30 April 2013 evening, the setting sun illuminated the light on the horizon as the sky was already filled of stars.

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