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New Zealand: the colors on the cliffs at Tunnel Beach

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Close looks in the opposite direction from the one in yesterday’s view revealed colors in the mosses, minerals, and lichens near the base of the cliffs at Tunnel Beach on February 26th.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 5, 2017 at 5:05 AM

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  1. Wow! A painting by mother Earth.

    Sherry Felix

    April 5, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    • That’s a good way to put it. I liked the massive promontory but the less-looked-at shaded areas provided different visual pleasures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2017 at 7:32 AM

  2. Very interesting, those greens especially.


    April 5, 2017 at 7:53 AM

  3. Incredible and so unique, Steve.

    Jet Eliot

    April 5, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    • Plenty of other people had hiked down to Tunnel Beach, but I think only one other person paid any attention to the details on the cliffs. I often find the small things the most interesting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2017 at 8:53 AM

  4. Both photos are beautiful. Taken together, they remind me of a story I’ve told online, but I’m not sure you’re heard it.

    My mother once made a green and blue plaid dress for me. I was in anguish — “everyone” knew blue and green didn’t go together. My grandmother took me outdoors and made me look at the summer trees against the sky. When she asked if I thought they belonged together, of course I agreed. That was the end of that crisis. Forever after, green and blue have seemed perfect together. If we’d lived in New Zealand, she could have used these cliffs.


    April 5, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    • I do seem to remember that story about the blue and green. Even though I obviously posted these two photographs in the same post, I hadn’t thought of them as a pair, and therefore hadn’t thought about blue and green being “together.” Ever since visiting Guatemala a long time ago, I haven’t felt (if I ever did before then) that a certain color doesn’t “go with” a certain other color. Among the Maya, any colors can be put into the same garment. Hooray for them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    • See Gallivanta’s comment below.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 7, 2017 at 6:55 AM

  5. The second photo reminds me of unpolished paua shell. I am wearing polished paua shell earrings today. Linda’s mother would approve of them, with their lovely mingling of blues and greens.


    April 7, 2017 at 6:18 AM

  6. Steve . I don’t think I have ever seen a photo like this .. extraordinary


    April 8, 2017 at 2:32 AM

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