Moeraki Boulders by maggiemae

Moeraki Boulders

The Moeraki Boulders are huge spherical stones that are scattered over the sandy beaches, but they are not like ordinary round boulders that have been shaped by rivers and pounding seas. These boulders are classed as septarian concretions, and were formed in ancient sea floor sediments. They were created by a process similar to the formation of oyster pearls, where layers of material cover a central nucleus or core. For the oyster, this core is an irritating grain of sand. For the boulders, it was a fossil shell, bone fragment, or piece of wood. Lime minerals in the sea accumulated on the core over time, and the concretion grew into perfectly spherical shapes up to three metres in diameter.
I was at a restaurant right above these and climbed down to the beach at 9.30pm to take this shot. The NZ beach is about 25 minutes away from our home.
Wow, it sure is bright at 9:30 pm. What a very interesting story and shot. Love the boulders and the great blues in this photo! Nice, Maggiemae!
December 12th, 2012  
The light is quite beautiful
December 12th, 2012  
Beautifully captured Maggiemae
December 12th, 2012  
Beautiful
December 12th, 2012  
Fabulous looking formations, great shot
December 12th, 2012  
Wow, those are so cool. Love them. And the colors are fabulous What a great capture. I am envious of your still having light at 9:30 pm.
December 12th, 2012  
good composition, thanks for the information, never heard of them before
December 12th, 2012  
Like reading your picture comments Maggie , it's an education following you .
December 12th, 2012  
Sam
Lovely image and a wonderful story to go with it :)) ....congrats
December 12th, 2012  
Incredible. Love the blue tones xx
December 12th, 2012  
Lovely composition and tones.
December 12th, 2012  
FAV
This is gorgeous Maggie. I have never seen anything like those boulders.
December 12th, 2012  
bep
Interesting information, Maggiemae.
December 12th, 2012  
Beautiful, MaggieMae -- I took many photos of those on my trip to NZ but never got the stones lined up like this. Love the composition and contrast and the little figure giving perspective to the scene. Fave
December 12th, 2012  
This is just a gorgeous shot! Your pov and composition is great and the blue tones of the sky and sea are soft and beautiful. Fav!
December 12th, 2012  
@cdonohoue Thanks Cathy for your fav choice! They are quite unique and of great interest to photographers, naturally.
December 12th, 2012  
@catwoman2 Mary, thanks for your comments- people are always taking photos of theses but I tried to get a good angle and the dim light of sunset.
December 12th, 2012  
@cindymc Thank you Cindy, nice of you to fav my photo. A few minutes after I took this one, it was almost completely dark so it was a good time!
December 12th, 2012  
@yonnie The sunset was at 9.15 and it was almost too dark to see - but my camera pleases me! Thanks for your comments, Yvonne!
December 12th, 2012  
Amazing capture of such unusual objects. You always have something of interest.
December 13th, 2012  
oh Maggiemae, what an amazing image- fav
December 13th, 2012  
Beautiful and great description of the development of the stones.
December 13th, 2012  
Beautiful composition, shapes and colors!
December 13th, 2012  
Thank you @gerry, Gerry for your quiet and unobtrusive fav!
December 13th, 2012  
Fascinating information. Those boulders are fabulous, love their shape.
December 13th, 2012  
I love your perspective Maggiemae, very well done
December 13th, 2012  
this is awesome! such lovely colours and comp! love to see more of these boulders :)
December 13th, 2012  
Wonders of Nature Maggiemae!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like this scene
December 13th, 2012  
JH
Great photo. Love the blues.
December 13th, 2012  
Oooh thanks for making the effort, these are amazing. I wanted some tiny round ones for round my pond area - now I want these ;0)
December 13th, 2012  
this has to be a fav for me
December 13th, 2012  
I love these boulders. We used to sleep here in the car on the way back to Dunedin sometimes, 25 odd years ago now. Love all the information you have included here!
December 13th, 2012  
@carolinedreams thanks Joan for liking it that much! I'm lucky to have it on my doorstep, so to speak!
December 13th, 2012  
@carolinedreams I love the beach, Caroline - you can walk for about 40 mins down just half of it!
December 13th, 2012  
Awesome blue tones and composition!
December 13th, 2012  
Love this and instantly hit FAV! The tones and composition are just beautiful.
December 13th, 2012  
How interesting....I never saw or heard of anything like this. The blue tones and composition are just beautiful.
December 13th, 2012  
Fabulous!
December 13th, 2012  
Great shot of a beautiful spot. Fav from me, too!
December 13th, 2012  
A wonderful photograph , and interesting also its a fav . it looks amazing viewed large
December 13th, 2012  
Deb
Love the perspective, and the lighting is very nice!
December 13th, 2012  
Wonderful shot, and very interesting info, never heard of this before!
December 13th, 2012  
Lyn
Stunning, ma'am. I much prefer this version (but I am so biased about color!!). . .+F
December 13th, 2012  
@snowy thank you for your fav, I like the selection of large boulders here - there were lots more!
December 13th, 2012  
@asutherland1964 Andrew, thanks for the fav - normally there are hoards of people here but at this time, only 3!
December 13th, 2012  
@rachelmackenzie glad you liked it, Rachel! Thanks for hitting the button!
December 13th, 2012  
Fascinating! Our planet is truly amazing!
December 13th, 2012  
Wow. Magical.
December 13th, 2012  
Lreally like the shot and the biology lesson. Thanks
December 14th, 2012  
wow! interesting! fav!
December 14th, 2012  
Fantastic shot! Love your words too.
December 14th, 2012  
@hettie Thank you Hettie - they are rather beautiful in the low lights!
December 14th, 2012  
@noragentian Thanks Ruth for your comments on my photos!
December 14th, 2012  
Amazing, nature is really incredible at times! Perfect composition and pov Maggie, you are so versatile, live the variety in your photos.... Fav too!
December 14th, 2012  
@jackie8 Thanks, Jackie, I do like to surprise myself every day. Sometimes it is more than others. Grateful for your fav!
December 14th, 2012  
Wow, what an amazing story and beautiful shot, Maggiemae. FAV
December 14th, 2012  
And you're on the PP, well deserved!
December 14th, 2012  
@spock I am really pleased about that, Mr Spock! Nature can be beautiful just like bokeh!
December 14th, 2012  
@darsphotos We live in a beautiful land, Darlene! Thanks for the fav!
December 14th, 2012  
Wow
December 14th, 2012  
Outstanding shot Maggie and great to see on PP...Fav
December 14th, 2012  
@tonygig thanks Tony! I was in the right place at the right time!
December 14th, 2012  
absolutely beautiful
December 14th, 2012  
Fantastic Maggie, just wonderful....a fav!
December 14th, 2012  
Nice to see your tick on the box, Leana! @leananiemand
December 15th, 2012  
Congratulations on making the pp well deserved
December 15th, 2012  
Aren't you fortunate to have these beauties by you. I love learning new things about our earth. Thanks for the info. Great shot. Love the blues. Congrats on the PP fav
December 15th, 2012  
Stunning shot and congratulations on making to the PP. FAV!!
December 15th, 2012  
Great shot Maggie! They are fascinating! And congratulations on the PP!
December 17th, 2012  
I like the line of the boulders leading to the figure on the end. Beautiful shot.
December 18th, 2012  
Nice composition
December 18th, 2012  
So many wonderful things to love about this photo! I love what I learned about those amazing boulders! I would love to see them! The neon color of the ocean! The POV and processing of the photo, the leading lines. Beautiful!
May 30th, 2013  
@smellychelli Thanks Michelle! It was pretty late so I was pleased to get any definition of these boulders!
May 30th, 2013  
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