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Napier area

I could watch and listen to the ocean roar for hours. It's so soothing and a bit mesmerizing. The beaches at Napier have very steep drop offs, so the water churns into monstrous waves which are great for surfing, I hear. I just enjoy the foamy crests and the wind-blown mists.




These shots are at Waimarama, a little settlement at the end of a winding road.

Bare Island (Motuokura in Maori) got its name from the view from the shore. In reality, there was a fishing settlement on the outer side in 1769, as noted by Captain Cook. Today, after eradicating the rat population in 1990, it is home to blue penguins and other birds.




31 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

such rough beauty! love it! thanks, betty, for linking in!

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the water scenes of the sea and the shot with the fence init has real depth

Maggie said...

What beautiful pictures! Certainly makes me want to visit!

Ashley said...

I love the ocean as well... lovely photos!!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
That would blow away the cobwebs...am reminded of wonderful scenery from THE PIANO... YAM xx

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I could happily sit right there beside you for hours! Beautiful, lovely place lovely pictures. Good old Captain Cook -- we visited "his" inlet here in Alaska not too many days ago.

Felicia said...

beautiful views. love the big waves.

Stephanie said...

I could look at the third shot all day, breathtaking views.

June Caedmon said...

Alas, I was hoping for some penguins shots, lol :) your ocean views are breathtaking, Betty! I can almost hear it foaming and crashing over the rocks. . .

Bethany Carson said...

Awesome photos! Wish I could visit! :)

Prairie Jill said...

Oh, what a spectacular place! I love all your photographs, but the first two are just wonderful. I can almost hear those waves crashing in ....

helena said...

beautiful and rugged, I can feel the spray on my face and hear the surf roll

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Wow!!

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Wonderful pictures!

Linley S said...

Spectacular shots Betty, Great fence with the view to Bear Island

September Violets said...

What beautiful shots of the waves and islands! Wendy x

A Quiet Corner said...

You captured the rolling waves perfectly! ...:)JP

marshaleith said...

absolutely amazing wave shots...and the island is gorgeous(love the rock cliffs).
Penguin shots would be nice!!!!!!

Connie Smiley said...

Oh, this is so beautiful, Betty! I grew up near a lonely beach like this, with a steep drop-off and crashing waves, and I was almost back there with your beautiful photos.

It was over 50 years ago for me with that song, too. How time flies when you're singing praises.

Debbie said...

oohhhhh how i enjoy a good close up of the sea!! the waves crashing, a spray that you can almost feel, it just does not get any better!!!!

very nice fence and a beautiful view!!!

BumbleVee said...

beautiful shots of the water!! love it... I loved taking pics of the ocean when I was in Portugal... I love the water and yet...am landlocked where I live.... sigh....

thirtysevenandcounting said...

So beautiful - I can almost hear the crashing waves! Beautiful view through the barbed wire fence, too.

Lindy

Amy Burzese said...

I can just hear, see, and smell the water, and feel the spray. Lovely post.

Terry and Linda said...

I could hear the waves...wonderful!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

marsha said...

not sure if Google ate my previous comment....
love the photos of the waves...and love the island with those cliffs. NZ really does look like a fantastic place to live..or visit!

Ida said...

I'm with you. I love watching the waves at the ocean. These looked fabulous. That Island is pretty cool looking as well.

Miriam said...

Absolutely wonderful pictures and perfect ZIZO. The spray in the second picture is fabulous.

Abby / Linda said...

I love the ocean too! We go to the rocky Oregon coast. I recently took up painting ocean scenes in watercolor from my photos. I am really enjoying it!

maryaustria said...

Gorgeous photos! I love those waves! And also the view ... wonderful!

Lisa at Four Simply Living said...

Oh man, I am loving this post. I miss water... and I haven't seen the ocean in two years. Great post, this was a wonderful pick-me-up.

Missus Wookie said...

Gorgeous photos and views. Thank you for sharing - I miss the ocean.