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Posted by
Maxine (Christchurch, New Zealand) on 8 October 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

So here they are a herd? gaggle? rumble? hmmm think i like rumble of boulders. This coastline is populated by few but visited by thousands, and the boulders get poked and climbed on and photographed incessantly.

I do not always get to check my site every day , so i apologise for not commenting immediately,but i do generally check in 3-5 times a week so your comments are always viewed and appreciated. Thank you for checking out my photos, please give constructive criticism as i want to learn from you wonderful people.

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

these are just soooo awesome! incredible natural forms! and so large! ok -- i need to save some money up!!! :D

8 Oct 2008 5:24am

@dj.tigersprout: Good, we look forward to seeing you and taking you round.They are so so cool.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Oh no the kids have grown up and they are going swimming. Great shot Max

8 Oct 2008 5:28am

@jamesy: Yes they have to learn to swim quick! as the tide comes in fast! Thankyou D.

Kylie Greenan from Richmond, Australia

They are just amazing Max, they look so man made... please don't ask me what sex these one are LOL. But here I have to comment mostly on the depth in this image, that sky is amazing and you really have the contrast and saturation just perfect in my humble opinion, it is so clear and that sky is so dramatic, beautiful light. I think this is one of your very best images, bravo bravo!

8 Oct 2008 5:56am

@Kylie Greenan: Thankyou so much Kylie I took so many that day i had trouble picking which one to show, but this is one of the best. Thankyou thankyou!

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

You did well here Max to get a shot of them without a person in sight!! I love the fact you have waited til the tide comes in...most shots I've seen are without the sea but this one is one of the best I've seen of the should sell it to the tourist shop there!!! I'm with Kylie here...its an amazing image:-)

8 Oct 2008 6:43am

@Linerberry: Thanks C, wait till you see tomorrows its hilarious.

Evi from Athens, Greece

A beautiful and quite balanced shot Maxine! They look like cannon balls!

8 Oct 2008 8:46am

@Evi: Funny you should say that, because there was a theory a while back that these had been cannonballs shot into the cliff and then calcified around, of course this cannot have happened in the time frame.

kylie from Shanghai, China

A lovely balanced photo max. These boulders almost look like giant turtles heading out to see, very cool!

8 Oct 2008 9:58am

@kylie: They do dont they? Thanks Kylie.

Veronelle from Lens, France

very good shot of egg of aliens ! lol !

8 Oct 2008 11:41am

@Veronelle: The aliens have left and are in the sea!

Namaki from Bordeaux, France

this is a very good shot ! those boulders are impressive ! they almost look artificial !

8 Oct 2008 12:18pm

@Namaki: They almost do , they are so alien to normal boulders.

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Impressive. I agree with kylie. They look like giant turtles. Great series!

8 Oct 2008 1:47pm

@Rui: Thankyou Rui, it has been fun to do, with everyone interested in what they are.

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Very interesting... they do look like turtles...

8 Oct 2008 2:30pm

@Sandrine: They do but they are just too big, the outerlayer is often patterned which adds to it.

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

I went through your series and I have to say those are the most unusual rocks I've ever seen. Some of these guys here look like turtle shells. You captured it really beautifully


8 Oct 2008 4:48pm

@Roman: Thankyou Roman ,they are something we have known all our lives, something of a New Zealand icon, but everytime you see them you are blown away.

MaryP from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Marvellous image. Glad to have dropped in on your blog.

8 Oct 2008 6:22pm

@MaryP: Thankyou Mary!! i am glad you dropped by too.

Mary from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Wow thought these at first glance were something from another planet. Marvelous shot.

8 Oct 2008 7:11pm

@Mary: they are very otherworldly. always special.

willow from chelsea, United States

Now there is a whole mess of them! Yikes, they're multiplying! Seriously, though, this is a beautiful image. You've highlighted the boulders nicely, but the rest of the scene is beautiful as well.

8 Oct 2008 8:14pm

@willow: Thankyou very much Willow, it was yet another special day in NZ. Over the years many of these have been pilfered by farmers with tractors, now they are protected thankfully.

Stefan Thaler from Thiersee, Austria

Beautiful stones, beautiful image!

8 Oct 2008 10:29pm

@Stefan Thaler: Hi there Stefan, thankyou for your comment!

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Amazing natural treasure, striking to see but they bring so many questions.

8 Oct 2008 11:27pm

@Observing: They are a mystery even with the scientists reasoning mentioned a few days ago. New Zealand is full of surprises and natural beauties, Come visit Mike.

Charles from New York, United States

Nice shot...makes you wonder how they got that way.

9 Oct 2008 1:02am

@Charles: Look back on my post for the 5th october and the scientists reasons are there. But still seems amazing

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

thanks for showing these to us! they look brilliant - amazing how they found themselves there! very nicely captured with good composition - the sky/clouds above make a great background!

9 Oct 2008 2:04am

@DarkElf: Hi there Darkelf, if you look back over my posts over the last week the story of these boulders is all there. Thanks for your comments!

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

great capture - i love the light on them with the dark dramatic sky! they really are fantastic intriguing rocks!

28 Nov 2008 2:41am

@Kathryn: They certainly are, it was an amazing afternoon as it was the first time I had been there at low tide so could see them!