After another mixed day weather wise the late afternoon cleared for another shot at a walk on the Rapahoe beach just south of us at Breakers.
Boys are in the car and before long the moans of excitement are coming from them – they know where they’re going as soon as we round the bend off the 7 mile creek.
It is a still afternoon and lots of people – well lots comparatively speaking – we are used to there often being just us on the beach at Nine Mile…… are making the most of the warmer evening and walking their dogs or collecting firewood. Still lots of homes on the West Coast with open fires so the driftwood is an easy source of fuel.
There are some stunning reflections on the creek – the cloud formations making it all the more interesting. We meet a man at the end of his walk – he has been collecting driftwood and he hands me a ball for the dogs – found it he says, knew I’d run into a dog owner sooner or later so you might as well have it. Ziggy spots it and is soon jumping up and down on the spot with anticipation of a ball throw.
Off he goes – great, this will stop him barking at me and a good safe way of exercising him. He loves it, running up and down the beach chasing the ball. Even Nico is semi interested. He’s never been a “retriever” – just runs, legs and butt in the air all gangling looking and then he finds something to sniff.
The sun soon disappears and the light changes again. We walk right down to the other end of the beach – by now we are alone, not a single soul around. The lights start to come on in the little seaside village of Rapahoe and they glisten as the night-light takes over. I keep looking around me – it is weird, you’d think ok sun has gone down, evening has arrived it would get dark but it actually seems to be getting lighter. Almost like there is a dimming switch and it keeps getting turned up – maybe it is just that your eyes adjust accordingly. It is beautiful though.
Very peaceful. Stephen is captivated by the light and possible photo opportunities…… great, we could be here awhile – it isn’t THAT warm! Just a couple more photos he says……. mmmmm, ok…….
Slowly but surely we make our way back towards the creek and the car. The dogs, while they love any time on the beach it is well past their dinner time and they are ready to go – come on Dad food is awaiting!
We’ve made it to the creek – getting closer. I take the dogs to the car to get them out of the cold and then carefully pick my way across the driftwood back to Stephen – as chief photographer’s assistant I’m in charge of the tripod. Whew finally got that last shot – time to head for home, time for dinner. Another gorgeous end to the day. Thanks for turning it on tonight Rapahoe.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Together with their faithful friends Nico the dalmatian and Ziggy the German Short haired Pointer, they love to get out and explore the many wonders that help make up the beauty of the West Coast. Check out their other blog postings or activities page for suggestions of things to see and do when you are ready to visit the West Coast of the Southern Alps.