Marvelous Muriwai

Batty had a college roommate, a very good friend, visiting from the US for a few weeks, and one of the places she wanted to share with her was my favorite beach in the area, near the community of Muriwai (MOOR-ee-WYE), an hour’s drive northwest of Auckland city. It has a magnificent stretch of black volcanic sand and a nearby gannet colony that can be observed beautifully from simple platforms accessible from a set of steps ascending from the south end of the beach. There was light rain, but not too much wind, so the light was very good, even though rain gear was necessary. We went on fairly short notice and I was not able to get my best camera gear, but I had my little Olympus Tough G4—which, fortunately, is waterproof. I have been to Muriwai several times in the past and have been very fortunate in my photography of the gannets in flight—here is an example—but I was more limited in my capabilities during this visit, just the day before yesterday. I love this place and will return as often as I can!

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11 Responses to Marvelous Muriwai

  1. Vicki says:

    Great series, even though it was raining. I would have been in my element watching the Gannet colony.

    • krikitarts says:

      You would indeed, but it is a bit of a hike up to the overlook, and the tide was in, so it was a matter of timing to get to the stairs without soaking your feet. Well worth the effort, though!

  2. Peter Klopp says:

    Fascinating scenery!

  3. shoreacres says:

    The first and third photos appeal, in different ways. I love sand photos in general, but this sand is something special. Apart from the color, is the texture notable in any way?

    • krikitarts says:

      I am a sand photo fan as well, and this scene was changing by the minute. Each wave created a whole new micro-sandscape. For the image I posted here, I used the Filters palette in Photoshop CS6 and worked with Poster Edges. So happy that you like it!

  4. bluebrightly says:

    What a delightfully poetic post, the way the simple text runs along with the images. I love gannets but have never had the pleasure of seeing one in person – just love the images I’ve seen – so it must be great to be there in that wild space, with the gannets. Love that sand photo! And the first and last…

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks so much for your comments! The gannets are really special to me, and I savor every opportunity I find to interact with them. Muriwai is truly a most unique and rewarding place. I hope you are able to share it some day!

  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    Hello, Gary, I’ve been wondering how you’re getting on down there, very good to hear from you – and you’ve got an Olympus Tough camera too! Lovely place and lovely photos too – interesting that you’ve got Gannets down there. Adrian :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Hello, Adrian, yes–getting along just fine, thank you! It surely is a lovely place, and knowing that there is still a thriving gannet colony is somehow very reassuring.

  6. Ah, Muriwai. I’d gladly have returned on our second visit but there were so many new things to see elsewhere. I did manage to play around, like you, with dendritic forms on the shore at Elliot Bay:

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