Water’s force

After visiting Franz Josef Glacier, we set up camp beside Gillespies Beach. The constant tormenting force of the water has ground the stones into smooth round pebbles, all along the coast, at least one metre deep, with a steep wall marking the water’s reach. 

  

A hike along the water reveals other injured and displaced victims. 

    

Yet calm. Mountain ranges in the distance. Strong though seemingly resting glacial ice. Still ponds in its recession. The ebb and flow of the tides. 

                
And so, of course, we leave our mark, a token of our gratitude, beside the bush, with the generous pebbles consuming the sandy beach. 

 

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