NEW ZEALAND's FAR NORTH
PHOTOGRAPHY by donhammondimage
The Far North's marine environment is as diverse as the
region's topside counterpart, "as above, so below".
Within the sheltered confines of a harbour a wall of rock has
disappeared beneath a myriad of life. From the low water mark to
the shelly floor 30 feet below a profusion of invertebrates vie for
every available inch of space. Hydroids, Soft Corals, Anemones,
Ascidians and Nudibranchs, a micro world of co-existence.
Eight miles off the coastline a rock-face plunges to the ocean floor
near 200 feet below. Its face a kaleidoscope of Blue & Pink Maomao,
Butterfly Perch, Damoseilles and Golden Snapper. Firebrick Stars
meander across vertical fields of Sponges and Hydroids. Vibrant
Yellow Feather Stars cluster tightly along side stands of pink Ivory
corals. The result; a heady mixture of narcosis and exhilaration that
make it difficult to distinguish where reality ends and fantasy begins.