March 13, 2014

Te Wahipounamu

Photograph by Michael Melford

Ice Age remnants of crystalline rock dot the coast north of Haast in southwestern New Zealand. The country’s Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area is a window on Gondwana—the supercontinent that fractured into today’s Southern Hemisphere landmasses.

See more pictures from the March 2014 feature story “Where the Greenstone Grows.”

41 comments
Samiha Wadood
Samiha Wadood

The timing was perfect to capture the stillness of the rather swift ocean and the beautiful contrast of the sky. Brilliant!

Lorenz Pachmann
Lorenz Pachmann

Nice how the bubbles near the bottom edge are not blurred, while the rest of the water is.

And nice how there's a strip of sand at the right edge, that leads the viewer behind or around the rock.

Nice also how the cloud lines seem to radiate out of the middle rock.

Wonderful quality of light throughout the whole image.

Great feeling of depth.


There's so much to like about this picture. Well done!

antonio chiumenti
antonio chiumenti

you can feel this water is moving to reach  and embrace you . great feeling !

Vijaya Naik
Vijaya Naik

it seems to be time trap......or some painting on the canvas.......but reality remains.....hard to believe  that its a master photography

James Stone
James Stone

Sometimes life comes at you like this. In a rush! Sometimes it's in the form of problems, sometimes love, sometimes heartaches, sometimes joy. But be patient, because usually the tide goes back out.

Gretchen Kohls
Gretchen Kohls

Oh my goodness - Our Earth never ceases to amaze me!  There are SO many places I would like to see, from a geological, historical, and archaeological point of view.  I have been privileged to live along Lake Michigan, scouring ice age moraines for fossils, and in Northern California to discover the wonders of Yosemite, Big Sur, upper North Coast, pictographs around Donner Lake ...  A thousand fascinating places!

And still so many yet to explore!  Had I but the youth and funds to do so, I would be audacious and adventurous in my pursuit!!!  Ah well . .  I can still dream, long, and fantasize.


Brandon Chambers
Brandon Chambers

Great shot. The lines of the retreating wave bring the eye to the implied movement of the clouds.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

I'm not much of a rock person but these dark ones against a really gorgeous sky, with a soft foamy wave breaking on shore, are definately worth looking at. A good shot altogether. Thanks,Michael.   j.e.s. 

Eduardo Santilli
Eduardo Santilli

What a twilight! Awesome!! Is ti dawn or late afternoon? It´s both thing at the same time.

Emmanuel Owusu
Emmanuel Owusu

my love for being there as a geo is great! it's so so amazing to see the outcrop...

Joseph B.
Joseph B.

Très jolie!  Excelente composición... me encanta 

bonnie dalrymple
bonnie dalrymple

love the color, the sense of motion , the angle of the shot,      I what to go and see it for myself  !

Arshad Ayub
Arshad Ayub

I like this scattering of light. its beautiful...... 

Frank Baird
Frank Baird

Very beautiful. I like how the light rays seem to emanated from one of the stones.


Please make this into a wallpaper.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Congratulations on a perfect shot. Its really beautiful.

Bories Jung
Bories Jung

A great landscape, and it is interesting to hear about the Gondwana story.

Lawrence Stubbs
Lawrence Stubbs

it has it all, color, composition and the aesthetic that one stop in awe.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Very prehistoric and so beautiful!          What a peaceful photograph that speaks so many things.         Gorgeous colors, textures and it's just so perfect in every way.

Ray Wilson
Ray Wilson

Beautiful shot. Beautiful light. Lovely composition. Now I know why I am only an amateur !


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Thomas J.
Thomas J.

Another great photo! And another reason to (someday) visit New Zealand.

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

Nice how the striations in the clouds are echoed by the striations in the receding surf.  They draw your eye into the far distance in the photo.


I can't help seeing faces in rocks.  To me, the large rock in the foreground on the right looks like the cartoonish profile of the head of a 'grand dame', with chin held imperiously high.

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