Moeraki Boulders Make for Ever-Changing Photo Op

An image of Otago’s Moeraki Boulders has featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s online version. “Folklore is storied with mystical explanations, but it is believed the coast has been eroded to expose these large boulders,” Erik Skon, who captured the photo, wrote in an e-mail to the publication, explaining that the rocks are made of compressed sediment, or concretions.

Skon and his wife, Kathy, visited this beach in March during a three-week trip to New Zealand. The South Island offers superb hiking and diverse terrain, including glaciers, the Alps, beaches and fjords, he wrote. It is a favourite destination for the pair. On this beach, Skon wrote, “Tide movement is extreme, which makes this setting an ever-changing photo opportunity.”

Skon used an Olympus OM-D camera outfitted with a polarising filter to make this photograph.

“I was struck by the mid-afternoon lighting and designs on the large boulder in the foreground,” he wrote. He set up his shot to align the near and distant boulders, which serves to draw a viewer’s eyes to the surrounding beauty.

Original article by Star Tribune, May 11, 2018.

Photo by Erik Skon.


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