My next stop after Elsthorpe Reserve was Blackhead Beach.
This beach has a nice fine light brown sand. It is not very shelly nor much in the way of crystals like Coromandel sand [on the Whitianga side]
The tide is out so the groundwater seeps out of the sand to get to the sea leaving the sand moist and reflective like a mirror. Past the sand is an area of flat rock. It is easy to walk on as it is quite flat and even.
I couldn't resist a foto of the clouds reflected in the sand.
This could be the mountains of Australia. .. completely bare of vegetation.
I loved rock pools as a young child, because they were so alive. Can you see the fish in this pool. I believe there are at least four.
One, the smaller is a snail, the other is a crab.
Three tufts of seaweed on a rock. Two scuttled around, the other was rooted to the spot. Hermit crabs!!
The sea is full of life, the land hardly alive.
A black-backed gull. Large and noisy.
No mention of Blackhead Beach. There has been a smidgeon of rain as I arrived. The telltale is the underside of the sign. Dew drops? Rain?
The marine reserves are well understood and are by and large respected. They are also well policed by locals.
No European beach would have such a notice. For us it is in earnest.
This is Porangahau Beach. It is almost twenty kilometres long. Very wide and flat, with a few dangerous currents or "rips" as they are known here.
The hinterland here is flat. We do "love" our pine trees!!
The sea is very quiet today. A couple of children are have fun at the waters edge. They shouldn't be allowed to swim without adult supervision because of the "rips".
Although it is a long beach, all the beach houses are just up here. Although it is one of the nicest beaches in Hawkes Bay, it makes me long for the beaches of the Coromandel.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker