You can practically feel the spray of the ocean in this image that depicts the spectacular wave action of the ocean water as it crashes in and breaks against the famous Petrified Forest shoreline reef in Curio Bay, South Island, New Zealand.
The fossilize forest along the Catlins coast in Curio Bay in the southeast region of the South Island is a major tourism highlight of this delightful New Zealand destination situated near the small fishing port of Waikawa along the Southern Scenic Route and Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail. It is internationally recognized as being the best example of Jurassic Fossil Forest remains in the world.
Among the awe-inspiring fossilized remains are tree ferns, leaves, stumps and other debris left from now extinct trees that resemble the modern day New Zealand Kauri and Matai species. High tide offers stunning coastal wave action views while low tide time is best for witnessing the incredible fossilized wonders below the water. Platforms built specifically for this type of tourist activity dot the coastline.
Curio Bay's petrified forest dates back more than 160 million years to the Jurassic period when New Zealand was attached to the precursor super continent, Gondwana. Gondwana's landmass included what is now Australia, Antarctica and South Africa.
The Curio Bay area of the South Island is also famous for being a protected nesting ground for yellow-eyed penguins known as Hiohos. During summer and autumn tourists are also treated to sights of rare Hector Dolphins playing in the surf along the sweeping beaches at nearby Porpoise Bay. Seals and Sea Lions also call the coast of Curio Bay home, a place to frolic and rest, much to the delight of nature loving visitors.
Fossil Forest at Curio Bay along the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail, Southern Scenic Route, Southland, South Island, New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 330mm.
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