Posts Tagged ‘West coast’
Black sand on the west coast is perfect for making sand sculptures.. I used to spend hours at the beach and have made my share of Sand Dragons, now I just try and get one made before Blake dances on it’s tail!
This lady is a bit rough!
I see the occasional Common Janthina shells washed up, but blue? Plastic. Don’t see so much on this coast.
Byssus threads on a mussel shell.
Autumn, again at Te Henga, so beautiful and fresh. There these jellyfish that were like jewels in the sun.
We have this new thing we’re doing, we will be heading out west once a month to clear our heads. Yesterday we went out to Te Henga, north of Piha. It’s been a while since either of us has been there, the first time for Luna and Blake. The estuary has changed shape somewhat but it still feels the same. I have most often headed out west when I have embarked on a change, maybe new lover, a big overseas adventure, or just needing to breathe. Something about this coast just revitalises me, I feel like a gecko shedding my old skin, time for a serious change.
The kids love it. Blake would not be up in the sling, no way! He had to be down there getting into it, this let me run off with the camera for a few minutes… yippeee.
Something I’m really enjoying at the moment is Luna’s gentleness with nature. She’s about as enthusiastic about exploring the beach and finding tiny amazing animals as I am. I spent hours at the beach as a child, and it’s a pleasure to go to the beach with her just to run and look.
Here’s the head of a small paddle crab.
Snapper biscuits or sand dollars, are ecinoderms, and I find the fascinating, from this perspective, I wish I was small enough to wander inside. So cool the way they break apart.
Always interesting getting down to see what’s washed up.
This time of the year is a good time to visit the beach, there’s a feeling of change in the gusty wind, and days are starting to be shorter. Autumn is approaching. We took a trip out the Piha yesterday and although it started out looking like it would be a windy overcast day, by the time we arrived the sun was beating down, I realised I was totally over dressed, with a beret instead of a sunhat.
We have enjoyed some stormy weather this past week and so I was keen to explore the tide line and see what may have washed up. The most noticeable thing was the the beach had changed considerably since my last visit, we headed to the northern end of the beach and found a stream had changed direction, cutting through the dune, and was swiftly making it’s way to the ocean. The wind had also eroded away at shells and other debris on the beach so cool, I took a few snaps..
There were also plenty of sea jellies washed up, and washing up as we walked in the shallows, the occasional blue bottle is no surprise but we only came across these aurelia or petipeti sea jellies, which are quite harmless.