Friday, October 21, 2011

Sunday stills: Rocks and rock formation

Here, Ed are rocks of New Zealand, and some photos of nostalgia taken in 2000 when all my kids are little and living at home. And No rock on my ring because it is so small that the camera can't pick it up. We were both students and couldn't afford a big rock.


The Old Arts Building of the Auckland University from another angle.

This is a monument to Sir Logan Campbell who donated the land for a public park and named it One Tree Hill. This is now dubbed as no tree hill, because protesters chopped the pine tree down in 2000 just before we went there.

Not too far from Auckland at Taupo, there is the Huka falls. The water engineer likes tot go there. These days, you can go in a jet boat.

Because New Zealand comprises of two big islands, it is easy to go to places. We walked to the Glaciers. This one is Frans Josef Glacier. The Franz Josef (Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori)[1][2] is a 12 km (7.5 mi) long[3] glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Together with the Fox Glacier 20 km (12 mi) to the south, it is unique in descending from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level, amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest.

The area surrounding the two glaciers is part of Te Wahipounamu, a World Heritage Site park. The river emerging from the glacier terminal of Franz Josef is known as the Waiho River.

It was raining and cold even though it was December, our summer. We walked and walked and reached the terminus.

We went to Fox Glacier the day before, but didn't go to the terminus.

I was intriqued by these man made shaped rocks. The water engineer says is to put on the coastline to prevent erosion.

Seals and sea lions, can you see them? These were in South island.
There are some in the North Island. Currently where a container ship Rena is aground in Tauranga, birds have died, and it is reported that sea lions and seas are affected. Yesterday, a baby whale beached. The local maori people believe that it is an Omen. A bad one.

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Sunday Stills-Rocks and Rock Formations (October 23rd)
Posted in Sunday Stills on October 16, 2011 by Linda

For this next weeks challenge Shirley over at Ride a Good Horse suggested rocks and rock formations. They can be natural, and man made and can include stone buildings, concrete, stone statues or anything modified from rock or other minerals……..including the stone in your wedding ring;


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21 comments:

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Thanks for this lovely post...nice photos indeed. Helps me to know more about NZ!!da

SandyCarlson said...

Great stuff. Thanks for all the information and the beautiful images.

Linens and Royals said...

Thanks for your comment Ann, my first from New Zealand. You have some beautiful scenery there, I will be back to look for more.

Ed said...

Cool shots, neat waterfall..:-)

Liz said...

Thanks for visiting, Ann.

I was very pleased when the All Blacks won today!

diane b said...

There sure are some great rock formations here. You sur did have a long walk and then the glacier towers above you. Congrats on the football. Bad news about the ship.

dibear said...

I liked the Fox glacier shot with your kids. :)

Jake said...

Great stuff! I really liked the castle shot.

MTWaggin said...

Ann, I really enjoyed that tour and love the big boulder with your kids beside it. As for the ring - not the size of the rock that is important now is it! :)

Wander Woman said...

Nice shots. I can hardly see the seals and sea lions in that one photo-they really blend in.

Jen

WildBlack said...

Thats a lot of Rock :D Cool!!

Ebie said...

I'd have to wear sturdy shoes to walk on those rocks to see the waterfalls.

Nice photos and history, Ann.

You can me a good laugh and sigh, if someone would just topple all those rock pilings.

Kootenay Backcountry Horsemen said...

Wow very well done, I enjoyed the tour.

Holly said...

nice!

2browndawgs said...

Very nice. I just love the Arts building. All of that stonework is beautiful

Linda said...

You got some wonderful shots. I love the old buildings made like that one and would have loved to see it while it was being built!

Shirley said...

Had to biggify the one with the sea lions; sure puts the rocks in perspective. Love the old building and waterfall.
Stupid protesters!

henrygl said...

Great shots, nothing to beat the water falls, i loved it.

Ed said...

P.S. And Congrats to the "All Blacks" for winning the Rugby World Cup..:-))

Nezzy said...

What beautiful shots of the rocks and formations of New Zealand.

I enjoyed my little journey off the Ponderosa sweetie!

God bless and have an extraordinary day!!! :o)

Firas said...

Very interesting photos :)

Firas
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