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New Zealand: Tunnel Beach

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A year ago today we visited Tunnel Beach a little south of Dunedin. In addition to the man-made tunnel through the rock that allows people to walk to the side of the headland that’s shown above, weather and waves on the other side have created the natural tunnel shown below. Some good wave action was in evidence while we were there.

And look at the colors provided by minerals, mosses, and lichens in one of the shaded areas that was behind me when I took the first photograph:

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 26, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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  1. Next stop, Antarctic! No wonder there is wave action! Love the last image – nature’s abstract art in action again 🙂


    February 26, 2018 at 4:58 AM

    • Bluff, the setting for yesterday’s pictures, may remain the closest I’ll ever have gotten to the Antarctic. As for the last photograph, you know me with abstractions. Plenty of visitors took pictures of the places shown in the first two photographs; I don’t recall any who recorded patterns like the ones in the last image.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2018 at 8:33 AM

  2. Beautiful tunnel vision.


    February 26, 2018 at 5:33 AM

  3. How beautiful and scenic. A geologist’s dream.


    February 26, 2018 at 6:54 AM

    • Your comment has made me wonder how many people decide to become geologists after seeing a place like this one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2018 at 8:40 AM

      • I used to see rock formations and was marveled by them. When I was a child, I also knew a lady who was not a geologist but used to collect rocks and polish them to a fine finish and it was marvelous. I also used to know a sculptor who worked with stone and it was amazing too. However, nature seems to be the finest sculptor herself, as your images very well demonstrate.


        February 26, 2018 at 2:19 PM

        • I’m fond of both: the natural rocks and the polished beauties that some people turn them into. Nature, of course, works on a much grander scale than people ever could.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 26, 2018 at 2:55 PM

  4. I can imagine quite a few. The last photo here is just wonderful, with its textures and craggy lines.


    February 26, 2018 at 8:45 AM

  5. this collection of images are absolutely beautiful


    February 26, 2018 at 11:50 PM

  6. The massiveness and solidity of the headland in the first photo is appealing. Even though it differs geologically, it reminds me of the white cliffs of Dover. The last photo is intriguing. The circular design on the rock wall seems to reflect the smooth, circular swirls around the rocks in the water. It’s almost as though an artist decided to render one of those water-surrounded rocks on a stone canvas.


    February 27, 2018 at 10:55 PM

    • Yes, that rock jutting out into the sea is definitely massive and solid. While a resemblance to the white cliffs of Dover is coincidental (I think), I sure would like to be able to say I’ve visited both places. One down (and up), and one to go.

      I’m glad you mentioned the circular design on the rock wall. I’d neglected it in favor of the more-prominent “dripping” orange areas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 28, 2018 at 2:33 PM

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