Local Heart, Global Soul

January 7, 2017

Have The Local Residents Gotten Used To The Upheaval?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Three years ago in the first week of the New Year,  Family Kiwidutch were visiting New Zealand.

Having spent some time with Family in Christchurch and then relaxing in Hanmer Springs, we now head up State Highway One to Wellington.

Having passed through Kaikoura, we are now back at one of our favourite spots: the seal colony close to Ohau Point.

In life you feel like your natural surroundings will always stay the same, mountains, rivers and beaches are constants, it is the people that come and go.

Our human life-soans are just specks of time when compared with the things that make up the geology of the earth, Mother Nature has millions of years on us.

Recent months have changed that view however: in my lifetime the physical nature of the Kaikoura coastline has undergone a massive upheaval, and even stranger, the process took roughly two minutes. That is because a huge 7.8 on the Richter scale earthquake lifted a section of the coast line here clean out of the sea. The amount of uplift varies between half a meter up to just over two meters, and one 0f the biggest areas affected was the area around this seal colony. It might be a while before we are back here, so I will update photographs when I can, but the sight of seals basking on the rocks with their your pups will look somewhat different to the photos I took back in 2013. Who knows if the local residents have gotten used to the upheaval?… and what they now think of the new landscape around them.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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