Photographer's Note

Hello to my TE friends,
Sharing with you the morning sunrise over Cape Reinga which is at the tip of North Island! Here you are looking at Cape Maria Van Diemen at the far distance and the Werahi beach on the left!
Lashed by winds, pounded by surf and sand or soothed by the calm of sunlit days, the whole area of this northern tip of New Zealand has a wild and unpredictable nature! Around its shores sweep the currents of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean which meet in a foaming swell of broken water over the Columbia Bank just west of Cape Reinga!
Maori had occupied Northland hundreds of years before Abel Tasman, sailed in for water to the Three Kings Islands on the eve of Epiphany 1643. He named the Islands after the biblical three wise men. He was the first European to sight North Cape and was also responsible for naming Cape Maria Van Diemen in honour of the Governor of Batavia's wife!
Captain Cook and the French captain Jean de Surveille sighted the north coast within a few days of each other in 1769!
Wishing every one a wonderful week!

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Additional Photos by Ho Tony (gracious) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3529 W: 0 N: 5606] (20025)
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