Miscellany

To wrap up long overdue items here are a number of topics that got left behind of late.

PINK BEACH

When is a beach not a beach?

There is a track at the rear of the camp leading to Pink Beach,  Well worth a visit but somewhat of a misnomer.  One arrives at the top of the cliff to find a set of steps placed amongst the trunk and root system of a Pohutukawa tree.  This then leads down to a papa rock shelf which at high tide is completely covered.  Not a grain of sand in sight.  Further to the right at low tide there is some evidence of sand and pink shells.  Not quite what one expects when going to the beach.

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STRATA

New Zealand is a land formed at the intersection of tectonic plates.  Over the millennia it has been submerged and then resurfaced, wracked by volcanic activity and earthquakes.

The strata to the right of Pink Beach is fairly standard horizontal layers of rock laid down over long periods of time

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However to the right is is an entirely different picture.  There has been a centre of activity which has caused extreme folding, uplift and slip faulting to occur over a very short distance.

This first photo gives a general view with the subsequent ones showing more detail.

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From left to right we see a piece of the horizontal strata has ben bent upward and then it is interrupted  by a piece which has been thrust up into a loop so that the strata have  been twisted and deflected.  the left hand side has gone past the vertical but the right has not been so steeply deformed.

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this is a closer photo of the arch loop

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next there is a a section where the strata sinks again but not to the original level and a horizontal s shape is formed.   The various holes formed are where the rock has been weakened or transformed during the process into a weaker form which has ben worn away by sea action.

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A very interesting structure in total in a very sort length of cliff face.

CABLES

In several places around the head of the Whangaparaoa Peninsular there are cables running out to sea.  These are remnants of a degaussing facility which the Navy had for degaussing ships during and after the Second World War.  All that remains now are a number of old buildings and some of the cables still in place on the seabed.

Leading own the cliff not far from Pink Beach is the remains of the land end of one set of cables.  The cables were contained in the boxing down the cliff.  At th base there is the remnants of cable jointing structures

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and then there is the cables themselves covered in concrete leading into the sea.

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OAMARU

When we went to see the grandchildren before Xmas we spnt a couple of days in Oamaru.  Interesting to look at it having been away for a couple of years.  The town looked prosperous, several new businesses and restaurants.  But one of the most noticeable  changes was the improvement in the Harbour St area.  A host of new shops and galleries to ad to those that have been there over the years.  Here are som photos at random of some of these establishments.

With my love of books it was pleasing to see an addition to the bookshops with this one specialising in travel and adventure books.  It is Adventure Books http://www.adventurebooks.co.nz/

Immediately inside the door is this replica of the boat that Shackletion  used to reach South Georgia Island after his party were marooned on Elephant Island following the loss of their ship Endurance in the Antarctic pack ice.

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The shop is well stocked with an extensive range of books and memorabilia.

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No visit is to the area is complete without a visit to Donna Demente’s Grainstore Gallery.

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nother of the new stores is Presence on Harbour, stocking all sorts of interesting toys, artworks and as advertised groovy stuff

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Further down a new gallery has artists in residence on the upper floor

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One of the most interesting small galleries is one dedicated to glass works.  Three of the original works displayed are shown here

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of course a mandatory stop for some is the NZ Whisky Cellar Door where the residual stocks of the Dunedin Wilson’s Distillery are still available bit I would sugest rapidly diminishing.

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Lastly an unusual kite spotted in another gallery space

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Along with the above there is a bakery, pottery, limestone carver, Slightly Foxed bookstore, Michael O’Brien bookbinder and of course the Criterion Hotel.

In the same area is Steampunk HQ which deserves a blog on its own but will have to await another trip south.

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Just an interesting set of Ladies and Gents toilets

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