I have to admit that I am an absolute beach lover. There is nothing compared to this feeling of joy I feel when I walk on a beach. Watching the rippling waves wash the shore. Their white edges curl and smoothen by the time they reach the shallow bays. Watch the horizon where the clear blue sky meets the wild water - often in mist. Find the reflection of the puffy clouds under me. Hunt for treasures and maze at the shape and colour of each shell. Pick them up, read their story.
Bury my hands and my feet in the soft sand and listen to the tiny little pieces sing "ssssshhh" under my weight. Walk barefoot and dig a hole with my toe fingers. Run in and out and play with the splashing waves like a kid. Smell the salty breeze, breathe it in deep into my nostrils, filling up my entire chest, clearing my lungs.
Natural salt therapy.
One of my favourite times of the day to walk on the beach is at sunset. There is something even more special in the air. The colors of the sky change every second, often you see the entire rainbow palette in front of you. Fascinating. Calming. Peaceful. Takes you back. Somewhere.
This time I bring you the best of Karekare in the Waitakere Ranges. Doesn't this name sound beautiful? It is just less than an hour's drive west of Auckland. The change between the city and this place is dramatic. Nature just takes you over. It is very similar to the west coast beaches and scenery we have seen in Raglan or during our hike at Te Henga, yet so different and extraordinary because of that rock... It just makes it so special!
That unmistakable triangle shaped rock with its reflection in the crystal clear water. Reflection of the beautiful puffy clouds. Where the blue-white sky and the blue-white waves meet.
There is something magical about this place. You can feel it the moment you pass by the narrow pathway leading through the native rainforests and bush making your way towards the beach.
Suddenly, there it is. The Beach. Wild. Wide. Even wider in low tide, wider than you would ever imagine... Black volcanic sand until your eyes can see. Soft black sand that still keeps a little bit of the warmth of the sun despite a chilly early spring day. You want to dip your feet immediately, even though the water is freezing! Probably these moments are the best for a barefoot walk, as black sand can easily surprise your soles on a hot summer day...
Solitude. Harmony. With nature. Within.
This beach inspired the setting of the several awards winning movie "The Piano" (1993) by Jane Campion - this beautiful scene was also shot here:
The beach where walking on water is possible. :) Where the west coast sun sets in the most spectacular way.
Dark orange. Intense.
"Sunset is still my favourite color, and rainbow is second."
Do you like walking on the beach? What do you like to observe?
Which time of the day do you prefer? Why? How does the beach make you feel?
Would love to hear!
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