What sad news from overnight to hear that Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan passed away at the age of 46. The Cranberries always popped up fairly regularly on my various play lists and they’re certainly not going to be removed anytime soon.
To Mark the point of elegance.
The colour inside of Paua Shells are both surreal and bizarre when you look at them. Every time I turn one over and look inside I’m surprised and amazed all over again by the combinations of patterns, colours and textures that they contain. This sculpture is in the main bay in Oban on Stewart Island, and it’s covered in Paua Shells that bounce the light in all sorts of directions.
Shell sculpture on Stewart Island – To mark the point of elegance.
I rather like this shell sculpture that’s on the shore of Halfmoon Bay, opposite the South Seas Hotel on Stewart Island. It’s intertwined with rope and paua shells in a tepee shape which makes it even more intriguing.
On the North side of Stewart Island is Lee Bay where you’ll find the gateway to the Rakiura National Park and a terrific sculpture. The walk/tramp through the Rakiura National Park is 32 kilometers, it takes 3 days and and everyone we talked to on Stewart Island said it was an amazing walk to do, and it’s actually listed on the ‘ten great walks of New Zealand’. At the gateway to the Park is a giant Chainlink sculpture which symbolises the anchor chain of the Maori legend Māui who, fished up Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island) and anchored it with Rakiura (Stewart Island). As far as sculptures go, it’s kinda cool.
Exploring Stewart Island will reward you with all sorts of surprises on both land and sea. One of the gratifying experiences is simply to stroll around the township of Oban in Halfmoon Bay and discover all the delightful elements it holds. On one such walk I ended up at Bath Beach in Halfmoon Bay at 6:00am on the last day of 2016, waiting for the light to lift. Not a bad way to end the year.
I was somewhere between the hour of daylight and darkness when my head began to wake. Having walked to the top of the street, I suddenly became more lucid as my lungs sucked in the cool, fresh morning air. I remember thinking how quickly the brisk walk had truly woken me when I suddenly realised all around me was quiet, not a soul was in sight and nor had I seen anyone. As I turned a lazy street corner that gently rolled around the hill top, I spied a brilliant glow of light growing in the shadows. “Wow! That’s going to be a great sky” I said to myself, parking my bag on the heavily dewed grass.
Down below, the boats at anchor seemed content to sit still on the gentle, calm tide. My head now having completely aroused itself to the new dawn forming beyond the far shore of Halfmoon Bay. I was so distracted in my thoughts that I barely noticed the two people walking past. No point mentioning the sky I thought to myself, they’ll see it soon enough.
The latest edition of my Newsletter is going out this Thursday and it’s a special preview of my Stewart Island trip. Before images get published into my Photo Library or anywhere else, I’m giving you a special sneak peek at them so make sure you sign up to the Newsletter to get a glimpse.
I’ve just finished my first eBook that’ll be available soon to download. Keep an eye out here on my blog and I’ll let you know when it’s available.
Ackers Point – Stewart Island, New Zealand
Can you imagine raising nine children in this single room, stone house? Hard to believe isn’t it! That’s just what Lewis Acker and his wife Mary did in the 1840’s and 1850’s. Lewis Acker came to New Zealand as a harpooner on a whaling boat and eventually settled in Stewart Island, where he built this stone house in 1835. Later, it became home to his wife and nine children. Amazingly the stone he used to build the house was transported across Foveaux Strait from the South Island.
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