On this Monday, beach day, I decided to go to Uruti Beach which is on the east coast going almost horizontally from Masterton. A friend said I must go there and it is quite close, about an hour away.
When we got there the tide was falling exposing more and more reefs of rock in the sand and then as a solid but jagged broken surface.
The rocks were fascinating. Not only were they set at an angle but they were sculpted by the sea and the sand and had many layers and colours.
Maggie Mae thought she might just be able to disappear in the exposed caramel colour here.
In some places it seemed as if the rock had fractured into small pieces, while in others there were a myriad of holes.
I saw black backed gulls, a blue heron, gannets, red beaked gulls and oyster catchers. Can you see the red beaked gulls in this photo?
With the constant sound and movement of the sea, I couldn't hear any of these birds. It was only the song of the sky larks that became audible as I went up to the car.
Again there were marks from quad bikes etc on the sand and I saw a dog chasing a seal back into the sea from up by the sand dunes. It's owners, a family with a couple of young children, were on a quad-bike and I began to think that quad-bikes, motorbikes and in fact any vehicles should be banned from beaches. Maybe they would not have gone so far if they had had to walk.
As the tide went out and the sea became shallower the waves got bigger and crashed down onto the rocks. The sea was calm and on the horizon there was a deep blue indigo coloured line marking the beginning of the sky.
I was fascinated by the waves and the movement as they curled smoothly over and trapped air making foam and noise as the air escaped. I am always interested to see how the changing depth affects the waves as the water gets shallower. It affects the size, where they break and how they break.
Another beach to visit again. Today I was thinking which beach is my favourite? Do I have a favourite? Do I have to have a favourite? Of course I don't. Which beach will I come back to? Which beach do you like the most?
"I paint flowers so they do not die." Frida Kahlo