Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Originally uploaded by borealnz
Taieri Island or Moturata lies just off the Otago coast at the mouth of the Taieri River about half an hours drive south of Dunedin. The island is a wildlife reserve and is home to many seabirds and probably seals too. It was apparently the site of a whaling station in the 1830's and 40's. At low tide it's possible to walk out to the island.
It was low tide when I was there a couple of weeks ago and I probably could have made the walk to the island but I didn't want to risk it and have to wait for the next tide to get back. The beach was almost deserted apart from the sea birds and a man in a wet suit who appeared to be preparing to swim to the island, I didn't stay to find out.
The title of this photo refers to one of my favourite books "To the Is-land" by one of my favourite New Zealand authors Janet Frame.


peta said...

Hi Jill, I'm not sure if you saw my comment in regards to this and Janet Frame...I didn't realise you had a blog. So I see I was correct, I too loved that book, miss the fact she's no longer on earth with us.
This is a beautiful tribute to her.

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Thanks Peta, sorry I didn't acknowledge your comment on my photo, I am hopeless at that. I love most of Janet Frames work and along with Owls do Cry, To the Is-land is one of my favourites of hers.