Moeraki Sky

Jeanne Frasse

Silverthorne, United States

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This is sunrise at a beach north of Dunedin,NZ, along the Otago coast.

These boulders,( Moeraki boulders) are concretions, some up to 3 meters in diameter, which have been formed by precipitation of calcite from pore waters in the Moeraki Formation.
Local Māori legends explained the boulders as the remains of eel baskets, calabashes, and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of an Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe. This legend tell of the rocky shoals that extend seaward from Shag Point as being the petrified hull of this wreck and a nearby rocky promontory as being the body of the canoe’s captain.
The area where we were had roughly 30 or so of these boulders. Though the clouds were a bit too numerous to catch any spectacular sunrise colors, the boulders were fascinating to observe.
Just as we were leaving the sun poked through the clouds to shimmer off the waters.

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