11 June 2009

Slope Point, Te Wai Pounamu

Slope PointSlope Point is the southernmost point of Te Wai Pounamu/the South Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand. I photographed these old stumps on the cliff edge a little further west from what's strictly the furthest point south. When I visited in February 2006 the stumps were roughly central in this google map (zoom out for better orientation). I don't know if they're still there, but they looked as if they still had a few years in them. That's Rakiura/Stewart Island on the horizon.

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7 comments:

PurestGreen said...

I love how the stumps and the grass give everything a sweeping, washed-out feel.

pohanginapete said...

PurestGreen, the place has such a distinctive feel, and I think this captures it reasonably well, at least in these conditions. I imagine it could get unimaginably wild at times, though — other than a few small islands, there's nothing between that horizon and Antarctica. Except, of course, icebergs, storms, albatrosses, and great heaving seas.

Barbara said...

I get the same feeling looking at this vista I had looking out from atop the Cliffs of Mohr, Ireland. w.o.w.

the watercats said...

My first reaction was; Easter Island!.... it has that iconic, ancient look about it, with the stumps and horizon.. beautiful!

pohanginapete said...

Barbara, I'd love the opportunity to compare this with an in-person view from the Cliffs of Mohr. Maybe when I win Lotto... ;^)

Watercats, I hadn't registered the similarity with Rapanui, but you're right. The stumps even have a slight resemblance to moai. Thanks!

butuki said...

Reminds me of the Shetland Islands... the same spare, potentially wild vista, with that weather beaten scouring that seems to clean everything but the essential away. One reason I love such places is that they force you to look at what is important.

pohanginapete said...

Miguel, true. I generally feel a sense of freedom akin to relief in places like this.