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New Zealand: more views of the Pancake Rocks

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Five years ago today we visited the famous Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki on New Zealand’s South Island.

You can read a little about the geology of this site in an article at Te Ara.

This renewal of pictures from New Zealand reminds me that we can renew something but we can never new something. Likewise we can reveal but we can’t veal; reproach but not proach; retract but not tract; we can replenish but we can’t plenish; etc.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 17, 2020 at 4:15 AM

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  1. how cool


    February 17, 2020 at 5:32 AM

  2. Very creative play with words, Steve! I am impressed.

    Peter Klopp

    February 17, 2020 at 8:15 AM

    • I’m just observing the idiosyncrasies of English. It goes the other way, too. We can put re- in front of many verbs, but not in front of certain ones: we can’t rebe, rego, or recome, for example.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2020 at 9:26 AM

  3. I’d rather have Pancake Rocks than rocky pancakes. 😉 The rocks have a very interesting structure


    February 17, 2020 at 8:24 AM

  4. We held a family birthday party once in a crêperie. They didn’t bake traditional cakes there, so they created one from a stack of huge crêpes layered with whipped cream. And when cut, it looked a bit like these rock layers.
    We’d eaten at that place before, it had closed, but reopened under new management, and now very popular, so it’s known, owned, and renowned.

    Robert Parker

    February 17, 2020 at 9:04 AM

    • A crêpe layer cake: what a novel idea. I’m sure it was softer than these layered rocks.

      Assuming the restaurant changed its name after it came under new management, you’ve got to own up to the fact that it’s now known not only as renowned but also as renouned.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2020 at 12:50 PM

  5. Beautiful, Steve. This was a highlight on our trip there.

    Jane Lurie

    February 17, 2020 at 10:33 AM

  6. These pancakes are very, very thin. More like crepes, if you ask me. To turn them into the former, they would have to be plenished.


    February 17, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    • Probably whoever named the Pancake Rocks didn’t know about crêpes. As for your second sentence, we’ll not say “Let the punishment fit the crime” but rather “Let the plenishment fit the time.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2020 at 8:45 AM

  7. Far be it from me to butter you up or go overboard with syrupy comments, but these pancake rocks you’ve served up are tasty, indeed. Clearly, New Zealand’s an all-you-can-see sort of place; second and third helpings always are welcome.


    February 17, 2020 at 11:37 PM

    • Your comment stacks up well when compared to other clever ones you’ve cooked up over the years.

      At scenic places I often take more pictures than I would want to show in one post. As you’ve noticed, sometimes on an anniversary of one of those visits I’ll dig into my archive and pull out photographs I didn’t show the first time or even the second time around.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2020 at 8:50 AM

  8. Thanks for the review–and we can still view your images! When I visited Punakaiki the weather was nasty with strong winds and pelting rain. I still remember it very clearly, since I was an appreciative member of the day’s (few) appreciators.


    February 18, 2020 at 3:39 AM

    • Sometimes inclement weather leads to dramatic photographs. Did you manage to get any on your visit to Punakaiki, or were the wind and rain too much of a threat to your camera (or to you)?

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2020 at 8:53 AM

      • Yes, I was able to get some, but I didn’t have a waterproof camera then and had to restrict myself to very quick grab shots, keeping the camera tucked inside my Gore-Tex jacket. It was back in September 2004. I remember it very clearly and would very much like to revisit it!


        February 20, 2020 at 2:13 PM

  9. Those are a really cool seaside feature. Glad that you shared them at this later date. It’s always nice to review past experiences through different vision.

    Steve Gingold

    February 22, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    • You know how it is: when we visited the Pancake Rocks I took lots of pictures. Not wanting to show more than a few at a time, this is my third post about the place, and I could present views different enough from previous ones not to be repetitious.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2020 at 2:05 PM

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