Monday, August 25, 2008

Long Beach

Long Beach
Originally uploaded by borealnz
Walking on the beach is one of my favourite things to do. It doesn't matter how many times you go it's always different and always beautiful even when the weather is less than perfect. My dream house would be a short distance from the beach so I could walk there every day.

This is Long Beach a long flat beach near the entrance to Otago Harbour, it's apparently a very safe beach for swimming, it's also a known place for rock climbing. Being winter and a weekday the beach was deserted when we were there this afternoon. There was evidence of the high seas that we have had recently as there was much erosion on the edge of the dunes.

It was on this beach (I think) that a child found a large lump of ambergris washed up a few years back. Ambergris is an excretion of the stomach of sperm whales -it's highly prized and used in perfumery and can be worth big money. Unfortunately we didn't find any.


paulgrand said...

Fascinating to hear that Ambergris can be found on a beach!
I remember it from The 'Hannibal' film..
Great beach shot!

feasting-on-pixels (terrie) said...

Wow, Jill this is a super stunning image...simple yet so very evocative and speaks volumes.
Wonderful work as usual...
You live in a beautiful place...! ! !