Thank you Ian, there're many of them in that NP and they're used to people. Greetings Berend
Thank you for the information Ian. Greetings Berend
This section of coast is essentially made up of volcanic sediments overlain on submarine lava beds (pillow lavas), uplifted and eroded by coastal processes. The cliffs are not very stable, and the wave energy is quite powerful here, as it is along most of the west coast of both the North Island and the South Island, New Zealand.
Greetings from our southern world, Berend.
The purity of the air, the clarity of the water, the beauty of the landscape and the warmth of early summer combine to make it a delightful place to be!
Thanks, Berend. I was fascinated by all the history. It seemed like I was back in Parramatta or Hobart.. and there were many connections between the early settlements in Australia and here in New Zealand. Ships called regularly here after leaving Sydney, for example, and the colonial administration was interrelated as well.
While our place in the world may seem insignificant, yet our impact and therefore our responsibility is very significant. Thanks for your communication.
The birds mate for life, and while the female sits on the nesting site, the male collects greenery to present with which she adorns the nesting site... but how the male finds his mate in the carpark, I do not know... good recognition, or good navigation!
The stack is a great pedestal for the gannet colony... the birds merely have to open their wings and the wind lifts them off and they soar away. I loved the landscape.
I couldn't miss the opportunity, as late in the day as it was, Berend.
I was most interested in the geology of the range in the background. I was told it was volcanic but it looked as if it was uplifted, and therefore might have even had a limestone capping on the range. There were other jagged peaks, reminding me of some of the limestone caps on the Pyrenees. However it turns out that it is volcanic, but uplifted... so some of my suspicion was right. But I now understand that the range is part of an andesitic volcano from the Miocene period.
But on arrival at the vantage point at the end of the day, the ships at the oil refinery berths were also of interest, so being mindful of you, Berend and your maritime environment which I enjoyed, this image was destined for sharing through Panoramio.