Seal Pups At Wharariki Beach
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Panoramic photo by David Rowley EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 07:19, 01/04/2013 - Views loading...

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Seal Pups At Wharariki Beach

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Photographer’s Notes:
I probably couldn’t dream up this scene, but this is actually what I witnessed at Wharariki. It was just after sunset, so the light was pretty much ideal for landscape photos. I had just taken a panorama of the archway islands just off shore as the sun set over to the West. I really didn’t expect to come across this scene. Choosing the correct camera settings here was a challenge. I didn’t want to shoot with too high an ISO setting as I wanted a high quality panorama, but the seal pups were so fast it was hard to find a compromise with the aperture and ISO to get fast enough shutter speeds to not have the seals in too much motion blur… and I had very little time to think about it too as the light was fading fast and if I didn’t find something that worked quickly then I would lose my chance.
These are New Zealand fur seals which are also known as Kekeno in New Zealand. The pups are left alone by their mothers while they go to sea to find food.

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This panorama was taken in New Zealand, Polynesia

This is an overview of Polynesia

Forever has always existed.

In the mythology of Oceanic peoples, it's been there along with Darkness and the Sea.

The Earth came from the efforts of Old Spider, who soared over the endless sea and found a giant clam. She opened it and crawled inside, finding a snail there to share the space with her. She set the snail in the west and made it into the Moon to shed some light into the darkness. Together they raised up the top of the clam shell to make the sky, pushing it until it was wide open.

Then they pushed the bottom half of the clam shell in the other direction to make the ground. The earth was called Papa and the sky Ranga. These are the two first beings who created all the flowers, plants, trees and animals on the islands, and fish in the sea.

They celebrated all their open space by making as many beautiful creatures as they could imagine, but they still remained separated by the work of the original Old Spider. Each night, Ranga weeps for his beloved Papa earth, and this is where the morning dew comes from.

Polynesia means "many islands" and when you see these pictures, you will want to visit all of them. To make it simple, the islands sit in a triangle described by connecting Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island.

There are over a thousand of these islands of surfer's paradise in the central and south Pacific Ocean. It's stunning. Look at the color of the water here! And the sunset... these speak for themselves. Could you be happy in this little house? How about some reef diving inside a lagoon?

Put this one in full screen and don't come back. Love, 360.

Text by Steve Smith.

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