Another photo from the recent New Zealand trip, taken on the North Taranaki coast, near Tongaporutu and rock formations called The Three Sisters (well now actually only two but there are more in the making through wind and water erosion). The coast line here is rugged, strange and spectacular. This area is only accessible at low tide as you need to make your way along the river to the open beach and cliffs.
The beaches here are all black volcanic sand but when we visited a lot of that sand was taken away and rocks hiding underneath were revealed. We were lucky that the weather cleared enough on that day. When we returned the next evening, rain started to fall heavily and we were forced to retreat. I wish we had more time as this ear is really worth exploring if conditions are right.
I was fascinated by the texture and colour tones of the rocks - from green moss at the bottom through the brown hues and layers towards the top. I also liked the natural "harbour" that was created between the rocks. One really feels small standing next to the tall stacks and I could feel the power of nature at work. I would not be surprised if this area looked completely different the next time we visit.
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