Weathered but not broken

Limestone formations, Waro Reserve, Hikurangi, Northland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Limestone formations, Waro Reserve, Hikurangi, Northland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

“That’s the thing about rocks–they don’t break easily. When I held them, I wanted to be like them-strong and steady, weathered but not broken.”
― Ellen Dreyer, The Glow Stone

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. This week the theme is nature.



33 thoughts on “Weathered but not broken

  1. That has to have been an area where there was lots of geological activity, Su. When you see the different lines in the rocks it shows that there was a lot of movement at some period in time.

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    • That’s right Leslie. These rocks are limestone karst, formed from sediments and marine live when the are was under water, then moved around by volcanic activity and earthquakes. NZ is full of twisted, turned-around rock formations that have been shaped by our location on the edge of two tectonic plates.

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  3. I know it’s silly and I don’t want to know how many times you hear this, but looking at this pic makes me really wonder when the elves, hobbits or Aragorn come round the corner 😉 A truly magnificent rock formation! xxxxxxxxx

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    • Hehe. Actually, I never think of that, and no-one else has mentioned it. I’m not a LOTR fan, and I kind of forget that people associate New Zealand with Tolkein — until I’m confronted with a busload of tourists in a Hobbiton minivan, posing outside the Matamata Visitor Centre which has been made to look like a hobbit house. Matamata is where the Hobbiton scenes were filmed, and the set is now a tourist attraction. I have cognitive dissonance at this; for me Matamata will always be the town where my family stopped for a toilet break on the way to a beach resort. Oh dear, I’m not exactly a romantic soul am I? xxxxx

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      • Well, that’s good then 😉 I have to confess to love the LOTR, have read the books when I was 11 😄 And again when I was 16, 21 …. 😉
        And I was very suspicious when I heard that it was going to be filmed! But the results were luckily very good indeed and New Zealand really is just perfect for it. If I will ever visit it, I’m sure I’ll be just one more nasty tourist crawling into Hobbington 😉 But as I see myself as a hobbit-elf hybrid (tiny but no ugly feet 😉) I think I’m entitled to 😉 xxxxxx

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      • I shouldn’t complain about the LOTR visitors. They are helping to revitalise some rural, immunities through tourism, and that’s definitely a good thing. If you do ever get to NZ, I’ll drive you to Hobbiton myself.

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      • Ohhh! That would be sooooo awesome!!!!! And who knows, it might actually come true. A friend of mine moved to Japan and I haven’t seen her in years and would love to very much. And when I’m already in that corner of the planet I could quickly hop over to NZ! 😄


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