There were lots of different sponges and weeds and shells in the tideline, and a generous abundance of pieces of rounded pumice - the aerated, glassy, floating rock that almost certainly came from White island, New Zealand's most active volcano not far offshore. On one of these images you can see it with its plume of steam. Up until 1914 they mined sulphur off it, but in that year a lahar killed all 10 workers, so mining was sensibly given up. These days you can have a guided tour but landing on the island without permission is illegal, and also possibly foolish*.
|A couple of oystercatchers wait for the warmth.|
|There's steamy White Island (Whakaari) to the left of Whale Island (Motuhora).|
White Island/Whakaari is actually about three times the size.
|The classic gull, island and sun shot.|
|cashew brittle - mmm, my favourite.|
|Off out of the river mouth to do a spot of fishing.|