Yesterday was such a beautiful day and Lake ferry was awesome - flat calm, sun, blue sea, whitebaiters, fishermen, just bliss.
I decided to walk around under the cliffs for half an hour and then go down to the sea and walk back along the sand.
There are two large white crosses just below the cliffs which I wanted to investigate, which I did, climbing up almost vertically and then sliding down on my bottom.
When I got home I downloaded my photos and planned my blog and the photos disappeared. I wished all night that they would be back in the morning but no. Lake Ferry is scheduled for next Monday and the same walk.
This is Uruti beach (last Monday) and more photos of the patterns and shapes in the rocks. As the tide went out more and more of the angled rocks were exposed.
As I walked out further on the rocks the fauna changed and there were limpets tucked into curved nooks and crannies in the rocks. Some of them were quite large and they had pointed shells so they were quite tall. I wondered about this as the coast can be very fierce.
The patterns of the rocks and the sand were often similar but never the same.
And I found rusty bits. I imagined staying on the coast somehow and securing cloth to them and watching the rust evolve into marks on the cloth. The signs said "No Camping" and there are no houses.
Apparently there had been a jetty of some sort that was used to launch fishing boats from the coast.
The rocks were a mixture a brown and grey. I don't think they were very hard rocks and possibly eroded relatively quickly, they looked like sandstone and mud. What do you think? This week's research.
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?