“Hence I cannot be silent, and indeed I ought not to be, about the many blessings and the great grace which the Lord has designed to bestow upon me. ” St. Patrick
Vigorous seas, whipped by Antarctic winds, can make offshore seafaring dangerous, and on onshore life challenging at Nugget Point and the Catlin beaches. Yet most of the time calm dominates. The scenic beaches are serene, and the residents resilient.
Nothing but open seas and Antartica lie beyond Nugget Point and the Nugget Point lighthouse, located in the Catlins of South Island, New Zealand. The intriguing vertical stripes of the rock stacks and cliffs are layers of sedimentary rock that formed horizontally under the sea, then uplifted and tilted over time. The “nuggets” are some of these sedimentary rocks the jut along side Nugget Point Lighthouse and out in front of it. Rugged, rugged, lonely, lonely. A long ways from home, and strikingly beautiful !!
Nugget Point Lighthouse, Catlins
Nugget Point Lighthouse, Catlins,Nugget Point
Nugget Point Lighthouse, Catlins
Nugget Point Lighthouse, Catlins, New Zealand spoonbills
Nugget Point Lighthouse, Catlins, Nugget Point yellow eyed penguins
Praise to our Creator Unceasing
Source of all on land, sea, and sky
Praise to Christ Eternal Wisdom
Praise the Spirit, Holy Fire
Let our voices rise to praise Thee
Everlasting Love Divine
Meg and I took a delightful loop up the Waioeka Gorge to Motu Falls and then back to the coast at Opotiki. The road over the mountains back to Opotiki is “metal”, i.e. gravel, and very steep and winding. Fortunately, few people other than mountain bikers do it, so we had the drive to ourselves. The Whinray Reserve is essentially private property that has been donated as a preserve of excellent old growth trees and ferns, and supports kiwis and other endangered New Zealand wildlife.
Motu Falls, Motu road
“The only things which we may take with us from this life are those which we have given away.” Babette’s Feast
Ohope calls itself the “sunshine capital of New Zealand.” Frankly, I would call it the “sunrise/sunset” capital. The Bay of Plenty was named by Captain Cook in the 1770’s after he found abundant provisions to replenish his ships along this coastline.
Since it faces northwards, Ohope Beach benefits from both sunrises and sunsets. As you can see, the colors glow magnificently. At sunrise, the mountains of the East Cape of the Bay of Plenty are often blanketed with clouds. This cloud cover creates a mystique to the land behind these mountains. Beautiful coves and beaches lie beyond the East Cape. It was the filming site for the excellent New Zealand movies, “Whale Rider” and “Boy.”
“The heart of prayer is to recognize the presence and action of God and to consent to it. We do not have to go anywhere; God is already with us…Faith tells us that we already have God—the divine indwelling. The most intimate relationship with God is to be completely present to God, whatever we may be doing.” Fr Thomas Keating
“Love turns work into rest.” St Teresa of Avila
“Every time there is significant growth in our spiritual development, all relationships change—to God, to ourselves, to other people, and to all creation. We become a new person…. God’s Spirit lives and works within us. It is God in us serving God in other people.” Fr Thomas Keating