Topic: Stacks - The Four Brothers Beach

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The Four Brothers beach is immediately south of The Point.


This beach is rich in rock stacks.  Specifically, the northern half of the beach has none, while the southern half has all of the rock stacks.  (Five in total.)  There are also three rock stack corpses.  That is, only their platforms survive.  The first two rock platforms are located between the closely aligned Three Brothers and the northern entrance of the Twin Arches cave.  The other rock platform is located very close to the cliff at the southern boundary of the Four Brothers beach.  At this juncture, the cliff turns sharply seaward and continues toward Cathedral Cave and beyond.



THE FOUR BROTHERS.  The Oldest Brother, (the Maori name is TE ORO), is the furtherest out to sea and out on his own from the other Brother rock stacks.  It is the first rock stack that you reach when walking south along the beach.  It is also the largest rock stack on the beach.  A little further south and closer to the cliff, there is a cluster of three Brother rock stacks fairly close together.  The Inner one is the largest of the three, the middle one is smaller and narrower, while the Brother closest to the sea is smaller still, but squatter, rather than being narrow.


Though the oldest Brother is some distance away from his three younger siblings, I have grouped them together and called them the Four Brothers.  I have done this because like the Three Sisters, I regard them as members of a family.  All of the Brother rock stacks have vegetation on their tops to varying degrees.  The larger the Brother, the greater amount of vegetation.  Terns nest on the Oldest Brother and starlings roost on them all, they being predator free.


The area where the Three Brothers are located is an active erosion hotspot.  They appear to have been preferentially calved off from the nearby cliff.



PINOCCHIO. This tall rock stack is located at the southern entrance to Horseshoe Cove.  Horseshoe Cove is just south of the Twin Arches.  Horseshoe Cove is an erosion hotspot.  I believe Pinocchio calved off the mainland cliff.  Pinocchio is substantially broader at the base that at the top.  In fact its long upwards facing ‘snout’ made me think of the children’s story, Pinocchio and in particular, how his nose grew in length each time he told a lie.  Pinocchio has some sparse vegetation clinging to the top of its snou, with a dwarf shrub growing a couple of feet below this.  Lower down still are sparse clusters of ice plants.







4.2.2001   PHO2008-832-834

The photos taken from Gibbs’ Fishing Point, show the FOUR BROTHERS and PINOCCHIO in their local environment on the Four Brothers Beach.  (The rock stacks weren’t named at this time – that came later).  PHO2008-832 shows three of the Four Brothers and Pinocchio.  Pinocchio is the large rock stack in the foreground.  PHO2008-833 shows all four of the Four Brothers.  PHO2008-834 looks across to the Wall, which is part of the Gibbs’ Fishing Point, then looks north along the Four Brothers Beach.  This image shows the rock stacks in the ‘full view’ environment.







27.4.2002   PHO2007-195


The photo shown here was taken with my standard 105 mm lens.  (Pentax 6x7 film camera).  Though the weather was overcast, the FOUR BROTHERS are clearly visible.  Also shown is PINOCCHIO.







30.7.2003   PHO2008-074, 086-089, 112, 114, 982-983


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  This was the first time I had accessed this beach.  It was a brilliantly fine, clear day.  The cliffs were tremendously spectacular and there was quite a lot of significant erosion taking place.  Huge boulder falls.  Then there were the Four Brothers.  Well, that’s what I have called them.  One was out on its own.  Of the other three, one was fairly bulky while the other two were quite spindly, but with their tops intact.  I was just so gobsmacked with the incredible beauty of it all.  I felt like one of the Three Bears let loose in a candy store!  There was one particular spot where I could line up all Four Brothers.  That is, the oldest Brother was perfectly aligned between the Inner and Middle Brother.  As the sun was north for the winter, their southern sides were in shade.  I hoped to come back later in the year and do a nice evening photo with their southern sides beautifully lit


PHO2008-112 shows a rock stack corpse in the foreground with the Four Brothers in the background.


PINOCCHIO.  (PHO2008-089 and 114).  A little further down, there was an archway with two arches (the Twin Arches), through which you could see another sea stack.  It was wide at the base with a skinny top.  (Pinocchio hadn’t been named at this time.)



13.8.2003   PHO2008-141-142, 149, 151-152, 154, 175, 179, 181-184, 989-992, 995, 997-999, 1001-1003


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  CLIFF SEQUENCING.  First, a note on the weather.  The past six weeks have been unusually calm, mild and fine.  I took several images of the Brothers showing them in their environment.  I stayed on the beach until sunset and got some magical images of the Brothers.  An extra special bonus was seeing  huge flocks of starlings weaving over the cliffs from where I was standing, to further up the coast (north).  My final image was of the oldest Brother.  The sun had sunk beneath the horizon and the wispy clouds had turned pink.  Adding to the mix was a beautiful reflection in the watery sand.  Then the clincher was a flock of starlings that flew over and around the oldest Brother with some landing on him.  Magic.


As well as the Four Brothers, PHO2008-142 also shows two rock stack corpses.  The one to the right is also featured in PHO2008-112, taken on the 30th July 2003.


PINOCCHIO.  I took several images of this impressive rock stack showing Horseshoe Cove to its rear.



28.8.2003   PHO2008-188-189, 1011, 1014-1016


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Storm surge conditions.  Earlier in the day I almost got swept away at the Pilot Point arch.  I used the knowledge gained from this frightening experience to gain access to the Four Brothers beach.  Lots of salt foam was visible the whole way along this beach, unlike the Three Sisters beach.  Great gobs of it were blowing about like white candyfloss.  I photographed the Brothers and Pinocchio, but didn’t linger long on the beach or go too far down because of the dangerous conditions.


PINOCCHIO.  I photographed this through the Twin Arches.



6.9.2003   PHO2008-206


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Screaming south westerlies with large 5 metre swells.  I took up my 300 mm telephoto lens for close ups of the rough conditions.  From the Gibbs’ Fishing Point I photographed the Four Brothers being battered by the heavy seas.  Due to ‘stacking’, Elephant Rock and the Little Sister are also well documented.



29.9.2003   PHO2008-219


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  An ALPHA STORM slammed into the Tongaporutu coastline during the past 24 hours.  I couldn’t access the beach, but photographed from Gibbs’ Fishing Point looking north along the Four Brothers beach.  I couldn’t see the Middle Brother.  As the weather was atrocious, I couldn’t be sure if the MIDDLE BROTHER HAD BEEN DESTROYED, but thought it had.  I knew the Little Sister had gone.


PINOCCHIO.   This is in the same photo I took from Gibbs’ Fishing Point looking north along the Four Brothers beach.  On the way back I decided to detour across a paddock to see if I could confirm whether one of the Brothers had indeed been lost, but couldn’t get a clear view.  Instead, I got a wonderful view of Pinocchio from above Horseshoe Cove.  I also saw salt foam whirling up the cliffs and over into the paddock.  I didn’t photograph this.  Should have!



6.10.2003   PHO2008-1049-1050


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  With the telephoto lens, I photographed the Four Brothers and what appeared to be the stump of the Middle Brother.


PINOCCHIO.  I photographed Pinocchio from the Picnic Table Overlook.  (PHO2008-1050).



8.10.2003   PHO2008-257-259, 270, 1051-1053


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  There was mostly high, whitish cloud, good light but not bright sunlight.  Little wind, the sea state had calmed down, just ordinary waves.  The beach had been badly scoured out from the 29.9.03 alpha storm.  Sadly, I was right, the Middle Brother had been lost.  I just didn’t want to believe what I’d seen a couple of days ago from the Gibbs’ Fishing Point.


I photographed the approximately four foot pedestal and the MIDDLE BROTHER’S REMAINS.  I also took a similar shot of the Four Brothers of when they had all been intact, plus several photos of the Brothers from different viewpoints.  The beach did not look welcoming or beautiful as it had done earlier.  It had been hammered by recent storms – and it showed.


When I showed Fay Looney the first photo I had taken of the Brothers, she commented on them being dark.  I said that I had planned to go back in summer when the sun would be setting in the south which would provide better illumination.   This encounter, combined with the premature loss of the Middle Brother rock stack triggered my decision to photograph what was there at the time, irrespective of the quality of the light, because it might not be there the next time I visited.


PINOCCHIO.  Despite the conditions, I also managed to photograph Pinocchio.



24.11.2003   PHO2008-420-422, 424-425, 1114


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  The beach had lost most of its sand.  I took photos from both north and south of the Brothers.  I observed a full cliff face collapse to the rear of the two inner Brothers.  It appeared to have occurred during the past 24 hours.  The oldest Brother had ice plants growing on it that were resplendent in pink flowers.


PINOCCHIO.  I took a couple of photos of Pinocchio.  (PHO2008-422 and 424).



1.12.2003   PHO2008-444, 1126-1127, 1129-1130

THE FOUR BROTHERS.  This was the first time I accessed a small cliff promontory on the MacKenzies’ farm that jutted out above the Brothers rock stacks.  (I subsequently called it the Brothers Overlook to separate it from the Picnic Table Overlook above Pinocchio and Horseshoe Cove.  There is a picnic table sited at this spot, hence the name).  “After fording some rough vegetation – coprosma, cutty leaved toe toe, cutty leaved rushes, dwarf pohutukawas and reeds, on the left side of a boggy area, I came to the end of the cliff-top.  What a spectacular sight!  Looking north along the Four Brothers beach, was the oldest Brother.  Its top was white with the droppings of nesting terns.  Looking south along the Four Brothers beach towards and including Gibbs Fishing Point, and directly below me, were the two remaining Brothers.  A shag was on the Little Brother.”  As I had my 135 mm and 55 mm lenses, I photographed the Brothers close up and also looking south towards Gibbs Fishing Point.


PINOCCHIO.  Pinocchio was also included in some of the above images.



3.12.2003   PHO2008-457, 1132-1134, 1139-1140, 1146,   


I brought up my 55 mm, 105 mm, 135 mm and 300 mm lenses so that I wouldn’t miss anything.  I specifically brought the 300 mm lens to get a better shot of the nesting terns on the oldest Brother.  I planned to access the Picnic Table Overlook as well as my newly discovered vantage point, the Brothers Overlook. 


The Brothers Overlook faces south-west and into the teeth of the normally prevailing wind.  Today, the wind was holidaying elsewhere, bothering someone else.  Everything up here had a beaten up look to it;  tortured, dead coprosma branches.  Starling droppings on the vegetation below the cliff top which included dwarfed and browned (some leaves) pohutukawas, reeds, lupins, last gasp toe toe and young, healthy flax and older thrashed down flax.


Bashing my way through the vegetation, I badly sliced the tip of my right index finger on one of the ferocious cutty grass type plants – rushes?  Boy was it painful.  I bled like a stuck pig.


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  I photographed the terns nesting on the oldest Brother.  Starlings were competing with the terns for space.  A black-backed gull was on the Little Brother.  Although there was no wind, big swells were splashing up the cliffs and rock stacks.  Amazingly, there were some people fishing from Gibbs’ Fishing Point, specifically lower down on the ledge.  There’s no way I would have been there, so close to swamping spray plumes.  High tide was due at 7.09 pm.  There was drizzle with wall to wall cloud.  I hoped that the sun would come out soon and light up the wet cliffs and rock stacks.  This it did, bathing everything in stunning light!


PINOCCHIO.  Pinocchio was also included in some of the images from above.  It shows up particularly well in the photo taken with the 300 mm lens.  This also includes a large, breaking wave.



26.12.2003   PHO2008-479, 1171

THE FOUR BROTHERS.  At the rear of the Two Brothers, I noticed another full cliff face collapse had recently occurred.  This was just south of the cliff collapse I observed on 24.11.03.  The stump of the third or what had been the Middle Brother that had been destroyed on 29.9.03 had worn down even further.







4.1.2004   PHO2008-1176, 1185


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  I again visited the Brothers Overlook, this time in fine conditions. I photographed the oldest Brother with the 300 mm lens, showing the terns in better light.  (This image appears to have been misplaced).  Before this however, I visited the Picnic Table Overlook above Pinocchio and Horseshoe Cove.  The view (not shown), also includes the southern entry to the Twin Arches Cave, the Twin Arches, then continues north along the Four Brothers beach.  I photographed  two of the Four Brothers with the 300 mm lens.



22.2.2004   PHO2008-682


SUPER-STORM EVENT.  Super-Storm Two.  From the Gibbs’ Fishing Point I photographed looking north along the Four Brothers beach.  The BROTHERS and PINOCCHIO rock stacks are shown in the photo.  This storm was number two in the super storm event that hammered New Zealand over three successive weekends in February 2004.



9.3.2004   PHO2008-1237-1240


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  I was staying at the Gibbs farmhouse.  I’d wanted to photograph down at the Four Brothers beach at the crack of dawn, hopefully under a clear sky.  I also wanted to include the setting full moon.  At 4.45 am I got up to a partly cloudy sky.  Down on the beach, the cliffs, everything, took on a deep blue cast.  Even before the sun rose, the gulls were up.  I took a photo of the Little Brother with the moon reflected in a pool, then of the Inner Brother with some of the cliff to the rear, showing one of the cliff collapse sites from late 2003.  The final image is of the oldest Brother with the moon visible in the sky.



5.4.2004   PHO2008-778, 780


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Very windy and the sea state was wild.  This generated a fair amount of cloud and of course, noise.  I walked up to the pedestal of the Middle Brother that had been destroyed on 29.9.03.  I noticed that green algae was now growing on top of it.  I photographed it to show a timeline;  that is, roughly how long it takes for virgin accommodation to be colonised.  I also photographed the oldest Brother showing its location on the Four Brothers beach.

1.8.2004   PHO2008-1330, 1336-1337, 1339


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  There had been a partial collapse on the northern side of the Inner Brother.  There was a substantial amount of material that had collapsed and it appeared to be quite recent.  I took several images of this and of the Brothers in their surroundings.


PINOCCHIO.  Pinocchio has a small shrub atop its ‘nose’ and a slightly larger one just below the nose on the landward side.







21.8.2005   PHO2008-1430-1431


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  A low tide of 0.1m was due at 5.00 pm.  I planned to do mostly cave photography today as there was no wind, the sea was almost flat and the light was diffused due to high cloud.  I took two photos of the oldest Brother, one being at sunset, but unfortunately it was nothing spectacular.





THE FOUR BROTHERS.  There were no noticeable changes.


PINOCCHIO.  As I reached Pinocchio, I noticed that it had lost its top, along with the desperate shrub that had eked out a wretched living on it.







15.1.2006   PHO2008-1547


PINOCCHIO.  At the Picnic Table Overlook above Pinocchio and Horseshoe Cove, I walked around to the landward side of the cove and photographed looking down on the cove and out to Pinocchio.  The sky was rather leaden so I used an ND graduated filter to even out the light.  I rarely use filters and this was a test drive which turned out quite good.  As well as Pinocchio losing its top, the sea had eaten into its lower left (southern) side.  Of course, this had been there for a while, it’s just that it is the first time I have really paid attention to it.


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Down on the beach, due to the high sand level, the pedestal of the destroyed Middle Brother was no longer visible.  This also means that the green algae that had colonised the pedestal was now destroyed.



30.1.2006   PHO2007-211,  PHO2008-1558-1559


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Sticky Pictures were filming me and my Tongaporutu project for the upcoming Earth, Blood, Fire exhibition to run for ten years at Te Papa Museum in Wellington.  I got Mark to photograph me holding a photo of the Four Brothers before the Middle Brother was destroyed.  The photo would show me and the Brothers how they looked now.  I also photographed Pinocchio from the south-western entrance of the Twin Arches Cave.



31.1.2006   PHO2008-1574


The second day of filming with Sticky Pictures, I managed to get a ride in the helicopter for some aerials.  This is one of them.  Unfortunately, due to the poor light and slow film, it isn’t sharp.



1.3.2006   PHO2008-1592


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  An incredible low tide of 0.0m was due at 6.05 pm.  However, this was mitigated by a westerly that churned up moderate white horses out at sea.  There was a rock garden and pool around the two Inner Brothers, also the oldest Brother.



30.3.2006   PHO2008-1600, 1605, 1607


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  A fine, calm day.  The rock garden and pool were still present at the oldest Brother, but the ones surrounding the two Inner Brothers were now buried with sand.


PINOCCHIO.  Appeared little changed.



20.6.2006   PHO2008-1635, 1926, 1933,


The weather had been brutal of late with some polar fronts screaming up from Antarctica.  Today was a weather window between systems and I particularly wanted to access the Brothers Overlook on the MacKenzies farm to get some images of a snow clad Mt Egmont.


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Photographing from the Brothers Overlook I managed to include part of the Inner Brother at the bottom of the frame.  This shows the small knob of vegetation on its top.  As I didn’t have my wide angle lens, I couldn’t get more in.


PINOCCHIO.  At the Picnic Table Overlook on the MacKenzies’ farm, I photographed looking down on and north along the Four Brothers beach.  Pinocchio anchors the bottom of the frame, it being immediately below the overlook.  Later on, I went to Brothers Overlook as I wanted to take some winter images looking south.  The photo to include the Twin Arches, Pinocchio and Gull Rock.  I particularly wanted a clear, snow clad Mt Egmont in the background.  As the sun would be setting to the north, the mountain would not be lost in summer glare due to the sun setting further south.



26.7.2006   PHO2008-816, 818, 1955, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1973


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Fine day, beach well built up with sand.  With my 105 mm lens and looking south, I photographed the oldest Brother.  Also included was a rock platform at the Point (where I was) and Mt Egmont in the distance.   At the two Brothers, water pooling around the cliff bases yielded some nice reflections of one of the Brothers.  I took a vertical photo with Mt Egmont to one side.  I also took some early evening images of the Brothers.


PINOCCHIO.  I set up the tripod as close to the wave-line as I could.  This enabled me to include Pinocchio to the left, with Cathedral Cave, Gull Rock and a clear Mt Egmont inhabiting the right.  The finishing touch was a deep blue evening sky.  I got Pinocchio perfectly reflected in the wet sand with a wave rushing in.  This is one of my favourite images.



10.8.2006   PHO2008-1990


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Took a number of photos from various viewpoints, only one of which is shown here.  I was struck by how green the bushes were atop the Inner Brother.


PINOCCHIO.  Appeared little changed.



9.9.2006   PHO2007-218


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Steady, continuous rain.  No wind.  “What a miserable day.”  Wallowing in self-pity, I asked myself what was I doing here?  And, the reason no-one else was there was because nobody would be stupid enough to be there in such conditions.  Juggling an umbrella to keep the camera dry, I took a photo of the oldest Brother, reflected in the rain drenched sand.  Though an arsehole of a day weatherwise, the photo came out rather well and showed Tongaporutu in a different mood.







23.6.2007   PHO2011-1006


This view from the Picnic Table Overlook shows Pinocchio in stark relief.  The Three Brothers are also shown in the distance on this rather rough day.

15.7.2007   PHO2011-1018


A calm, fine day.  I took one photo that showed the TWO INNER BROTHERS with PINOCCHIO and Gibbs’ Fishing Point, Gull Rock and Mt Egmont in the distance.



5.8.2007   PHO2011-1028


PINOCCHIO.  From the Picnic Table Overlook, there was a stiff westerly blowing.  The sea was amped up with furious white horses.  I took a photo looking north along the Four Brothers beach.  Pinocchio anchors the bottom left of the image.  It is mostly in dark shadow.



23.12.2007   PHO2011-1128, 1136, 1144


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  At the oldest Brother, I noticed a pink flowering ice plant trailing down from its top on the seaward side.  Evidence of a prolonged calm period.  I took a vertical photo of the Brother.  I then took a standard photo of the two Inner Brothers which included flowering pohutukawas on the cliffs.  The photo looked south to include Mt Egmont in the distance.


PINOCCHIO.  The photo (PHO2011-1136) I took from the entrance to Cathedral Cave, shows the view looking north along the Four Brothers beach.  Pinocchio is partially obscured, but the large crack radiating up on its southern side is clearly visible.







10.2.2008   PHO2011-1169


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Low cloud, coupled with sea-mist or fog made for a surreal and strangely beautiful landscape, or seascape to be more accurate.  I photographed the oldest Brother with his reflection in the wet sand.  Normally, White Cliffs would be visible, but it wasn’t thus far.



6.4.2008   PHO2011-1204


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  There was no wind and the sea was calm.  I melted in the molten conditions.  Even the sheep and cattle that I passed were gasping.  At the Point, after having been along the Four Brothers beach, I spotted a lone photographer near the oldest Brother.  With the now darkening, brooding sky and Mt Egmont just visible, I changed my 55 mm lens to a 105 mm lens and took a landscape shot looking south down the beach.  The photographer gave scale.



25.6.2008   PHO2011-1240


THE FOUR BROTHERS.   High tide of 3.0m was due at 2.14 pm.  We have been having crap weather of late with howling winds.  I thought I would see if there was any storm damage, photographing from Gibbs’ Fishing Point.  There was a south-westerly gale.  It whipped up very big seas and the noise was deafening.  I photographed looking north along the Four Brothers beach to show storm waves striking the Brothers.


PINOCCHIO.  The same photo clearly shows the crack in Pinocchio’s southern side.  It virtually reaches from top to bottom.



24.7.2008   PHO2011-1261


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  SUPER-STORM EVENT.  Super-Storm Two.  A high tide of 3.1m was due at 1.41 pm.  A severe storm (the second in the super storm trilogy), with north-westerly winds, had pounded the North Island yesterday with heavy rain, high winds and huge swells.  I took some standard photos, one of which is shown here, from Gibbs’ Fishing Point looking north towards the Brothers who are about mid-way down the Four Brothers Beach.


PINOCCHIO.  Is in the same image as above.  Though the weather was ‘calm’ today with a light southerly, storm surge conditions were still huge.



28.9.2008   PHO2011-1333


PINOCCHIO.  A short weather window was due today.  The sea, though calm had a large storm swell running.  I got a close up photo of Pinocchio from its northern side.  It shows surf racing up the beach, Gibbs Fishing Point, Gull Rock and a clear Mt Egmont.  A small crack is evident part way up the northern side, from the base



15.10.2008   PHO2011-1359


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  A fine day.  I photographed the two Inner Brothers with recent cliff collapse debris to the rear of them.



14.12.2008   PHO2011-1448, 1450, 1455-1456, 1462, 1466


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  CLIFF SEQUENCING.  High cloud and calm conditions.  The beach was nicely built up.  Photographed the oldest Brother in isolation from the other Brothers.  The two Inner Brothers were photographed with the cliff to their rear, so they sort of melt into the background quite a bit.  Another image has them clear of the cliff, but showing the lovely green algae that grows in the splash zone at the bottom of the cliffs.


PINOCCHIO.  Took a landscape shot of Pinocchio with Gibbs Fishing Point and Gull Rock in the background.  A person is standing next to Pinocchio for scale.  There are also other images taken from different angles, with Horseshoe Cove to the rear.  The last shot of Pinocchio shows the top to bottom crack on its southern side, and some welcome sunlight.  The view looks north along the Four Brothers beach.







11.1.2009   PHO2011-1498


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Calm, overcast conditions.  I took a photo of the Brothers looking north along the Four Brothers beach.  This also shows the active erosion site to the rear of the Brothers.  This is the site of the Brothers’ Overlook, the top of which I have photographed from.  The deeply indented cliff is eroding landward in a V, horseshoe type pattern.  As such, this overlook is quite dangerous now to access.



8.2.2009   PHO2011-1569


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Overcast conditions yet again.  Boring.  There were surfcasters on the beach.  The first time I have seen them there.  I photographed Kevin Campkin holding a nice snapper.  He is standing close to the Little Brother with Gibbs’ Fishing Point and Gull Rock in the background.



25.5.2009   PHO2011-1599


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Overcast conditions.  The photo here shows the Inner Brother.  The viewpoint is different in that it was taken from the cliff collapse debris site at the Twin Arches cave.  Though overcast conditions are a pain for ‘great light’ landscape photography, they are perfect for interiors and cliff photography because of the even light.



22.8.2009   PHO2011-1643, 1651-1654


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Calm conditions with high cloud.  Some blue sky.  I spotted a cliff collapse just south of and to the rear of the two Brothers.  I photographed it with one of the Brothers.


PINOCCHIO.  I took a number of images of Pinocchio.  Some from the rear of Horseshoe Cove, standing atop a fresh cliff collapse debris field.  Another had Pinocchio reflected in some water.  As the light improved a little, I took a nice shot of Pinocchio looking north along the Four Brothers beach.  A frothy, incoming wave added the finishing touch.



19.9.2009   PHO2011-1906, 1909-1911


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  Calm weather, wind or breeze from the south-east, a very low 0.1m tide and a well built up beach made for excellent access and working conditions.  The sky though was a mix of cloud from a departing front and blue sky.  Two cloud layers.  The bottom layer was greyish, puffy cloud while the higher cloud consisted of small white speckling interlaced with blue sky.  I didn’t notice any changes to the Brothers.  I took a photo of the three remaining Brothers looking north.  I particularly emphasized the interesting sky.  I noticed a shag atop the Little Brother.  Later on I photographed pink flowering ice plants atop both the Inner and Little Brothers.  I didn’t notice any flowering on the Big Brother, but then I only looked on the southern side.


PINOCCHIO.  There was also some flowering ice plants on Pinocchio, but I didn’t photograph them.  They were mid-way down on its north-eastern side.  Again, I didn’t specifically look for them.  I took a nice photo of Pinocchio from the seaward side with Horseshoe Cove in the background.  The sun was out now.







30.1.2010   PHO2011-1722, 1729


THE FOUR BROTHERS.  A 0.2m low tide was due at 5.05 pm.  The weather was fine with some cloud build-ups and there was a westerly breeze and choppy sea conditions.  All of the Brothers appeared to be little changed.  No terns or other birds were nesting on them.  The large rock stack platform of another Brother near the Twin Arches who was destroyed  before my documenting the coastline, has had two quite large chunks smashed off on the seaward side.


PINOCCHIO.  Pinocchio appeared to be little changed, although it does look more scalloped out at the rear and at the base.  Its top half looks quite crumbly, perhaps due to the dry weather.



31.3.201   PHO2011-1792, 1800


A very low tide of 0.1m was due at 5.41 pm.  The weather was fine but with a lot of cloud.  There was a slight northerly breeze.  The sea state was playful, not threatening.  I had come up especially with my panoramic camera to take some wonderful light photos, particularly of the Four Brothers Beach.  For the most part, it didn’t happen due to the sun playing silly beggers hiding behind the clouds.  What little I did get I had to work hard for.  One photo included the OLDEST BROTHER and PINOCCHIO.  The Brothers and Pinocchio appeared to be little changed.





Though conditions were stormy, from what I could see, all of the rocks stacks were still present and appeared to be relatively unchanged.



11.7.2010   PHO2011-1814, 1816-1817


The Three Brothers and Pinocchio rock stacks appeared to be little changed since my last visit.  The vegetation atop the Oldest Brother and the Inner Brother looked particularly verdant in the crystal clear light.

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