Serenity Sunday: Hooper’s Inlet

Back in July 2003 I had a day to explore the Otago (oh-TAH-go) Peninsula on the southeastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It extends for some 20 km eastward into the Pacific Ocean from the city of Dunedin. The route I chose took me on the Highcliff Road through the towns of Pukehiki (pooh-keh-HEE-kee) and Sandymount and then onward on the Sandymount Road to an overlook that provided this view looking eastward hooper's-inletdown to the mouth of Hooper’s Inlet. I clearly remember imagining what it would be like to spend a week or so  in that little house and hike around in this incredible countryside.

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12 Responses to Serenity Sunday: Hooper’s Inlet

  1. What a beautiful sight! So much lovely earthy color and what a place to live.

    • krikitarts says:

      I’m happy that you like it–it’s truly a magic spot. I only wish I had had the camera that I have now and that I could have made the shot at much higher resolution (that was, after all, 13 years ago). There is, however, a very good chance that I may soon have the opportunity to revisit this neck of the woods and, if so, I’ll do my best to get it so that I can bring it to you as I see it in my mind.

  2. shoreacres says:

    Gorgeous. I read about Dunedin when I was researching the white egret. Apparently it’s quite the destination for birders, with great numbers and great variety. It clearly would be a wonderful area to explore; I suspect a week wouldn’t do it.

    • krikitarts says:

      There’s something else very special about this place, apart from the white egrets: The northeast point of the Otago Peninsula is Taiaroa Head, which is (if memory still serves) the only known nesting site close to human habitation for a colony of the spectacular wandering albatross, which can have a wingspan of up to 11 feet. It’s a birder’s dream come true.

  3. Lovely photo of my homeland.

  4. laura lecce says:

    Gorgeous photo Gary! New Zealand is a place filled with so much natural beauty… one day I hope I will get the chance to explore it.

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