Split Rock in Abel Tasman National Park

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Comments (20)

Daniela Brocca on September 25, 2007

Oh My God!To see in original dimension.Do you know whatkind of birds these are?Daniela

Wallace Rivera on September 26, 2007

Excelent shot! :)

WOW a big rock it is! :)

Ryan Calhoun on September 26, 2007

Wow!!! This is a really incredible shot, Marilyn! A yellow star for this! The split rock with touches of moss is wonderful, and all the little birds lines up here are like little ornaments on an already pretty package. And I really love the gray sky and water!

Greetings, Ryan

Marilyn Whiteley on September 29, 2007

Thanks, Daniela, Wallace, and Ryan. I have an idea about the birds, Daniela, but I have to check on it.

I was pleased to get this photo because it was a very wet, windy day, and most of the three hour boat trip along the very rugged coastline was very rough and bumpy!

Greetings, Marilyn

Rom@nce on October 1, 2007

hi Marilyn, what a great shot :o) is there any explanation to how the rock was split???

Matthew Walters on October 2, 2007

Great shot Marilyn.

You are lucky to be visiting such wonderful places. I kyaked around Abel Tasman a lifetime ago, it's a beautiful place to be.

Brandon_Belew on October 3, 2007

This is pretty remarkable. Perhaps lightning struck the rock? We have one near where I live that was split by lightning, looks similar but not nearly as big as this one. This one also has the ocean and birds around, so it's much nicer =)

Marilyn Whiteley on October 5, 2007

Thanks, Rom@nce, Matthew, and Brandon. I wish I knew the explanation for the split; I'll try to see what theories there are.

Matthew, when I saw kayakers there, my first thought was "The wake of our boat will be a challenge for them." Very quickly I realized: they'll have much bigger challenges to face than the wake of our 18 passenger boat!!

walkaboutwest on October 6, 2007

What a fantastic shot, Marilyn. This is a place I would love to visit. I am pretty sure the birds on the rocks are species of cormorant, a bird that feeds on fish.

Marilyn Whiteley on October 6, 2007

Thanks, Eve. Yes, I thought they were cormorants but wanted to check because at that time I was only familiar with the solid black ones.

Now I've had a good view of one of the other species.

Lilypon on October 6, 2007

A country I've always wanted to visit and your pics whet my appetite for it even more! :D

Luis Maderuelo on October 7, 2007

Impressive! I wish to invite you to see this photo: is a rare cracked rock too, in a background totally different.

If you want to see it, I suggest that you see the rock in google earth. It accept until five "clicks" of zoom in. The rock is visible since the satellite.

Greetings from Argentina

©Würmer on October 7, 2007


it's not that the sun doesn't shine over New Zealand, it's just all those d@rn clouds the British took everywhere they went -- and then left behind! ;-)

p.s. talking about split rocks, the most famous one to visit is probably Half Dome in California's Yosemite National Park...

...but note what it says in the description of its Geology: "Half Dome is nearly as whole as it ever was. The impression from the valley floor that this is a round dome which has lost its northwest half is an illusion...."

Reading about nearby El Capitan and Sentinel Dome makes it amply clear, where the first Rushless expansion project should go...

© Stéphane RAVERDY on December 9, 2007

Extra !!! those little birds seems having a rendez vous to find the explanation for this spectacular split !

Greetings, Stéphane

Fredouille34 on February 21, 2008

Impressionnante formation rocheuse, très jolie photo, bravo Marilyn pour cette photo et pour votre galerie. Salutations de France, Fred.

Marilyn Whiteley on February 21, 2008

Merci, Fred. And I'm sorry to see I missed thanking you, Stéphane, and those who wrote way back when I was returning from New Zealand. Greetings, Marilyn

Marilyn Whiteley on March 27, 2009

I'm glad you like this. Thank you, and greetings from Canada.

Stan Robertson on September 1, 2009

This a very good photo of Split Apple Rock!

Marilyn Whiteley on September 1, 2009

Thanks, Stan, for your comment. It was a windy and wet day, but well worth taking the boat trip anyway.

14MAN02 on August 11, 2010

Hello Marilyn, phantastic! Greetings from germany!

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