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The Moeraki Boulders lay along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden, a short drive south from Christchurch. Fresh off the plane and mad as spaniel’s to see New Zealand, we forget to grab the little things that help out, for instance wellies and made our way down to Moeraki. This particular photograph was my first dawn patrol in New Zealand. I witnessed the most intense pre dawn glow ever before this photograph, the campervan rental man wasn’t joking when he said how vivid the light is here.

After a successful twenty minutes I stumbled across these two boulders in the fading glow and set about breaking the rules, three’s better than two they say. I got so absorbed in my work I waded out into the sea as per normal but quickly realized I wasn’t in my usual gear. The water temperature was a far cry from Indonesia and to say I had cold feet/legs for the rest of the morning would be an understatement. A trip to warehouse for the coastline essentials soon followed.

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