I couldn’t resist getting a snapshot of this rather overdressed (for the beach) man as he clambered on the rocks. There was something dramatic about the silhouetted figure against the bright seascape, dark overcoat flapping in the wind. Then I realised why the scene, as unusual as it was, seemed familiar. Nearly three years ago now I posted an image of an old favourite, The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog by Casper David Friedrich. As well as the original, it’s an image that is often referenced or parodied as well. A google image search for the title brings up plenty of contemporary examples.
These aren’t your average rocks of course. They are the Moeraki Boulders, on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on New Zealand’s Otago coast. One of the famous boulders seemed particularly happy that day.