Cockle Hunting

One of my film-making classmates was looking for footage of cockles (a type of NZ clam) so she kindly drove us out to a little inlet so we could “help” her look for them.  Of course, we mostly ended up lounging in the sunshine and enjoying the views.

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The seagulls here have so much personality – they’re quite large, incredibly loud, and very opinionated.  I’ve taken a shining to the little brats!

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The same view, without the car – it was really lovely.  Unfortunately, we missed low tide and didn’t have much luck finding cockles.

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I did find some pretty shells and enjoyed exploring the rock beaches.

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Eventually, Sam and Lana decided to brave the waters (it’s COLD) to see if they could set up an underwater camera.

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They didn’t have much luck, but it was such a picturesque site that Madeleine and I ended up pretending that Sam and Lana were the leads in a romantic film we called “The Cockles of Her Heart” which featured a dastardly fiance trying to destroy the cockles’ ecosystem, a lost woman searching for herself, and many contemplative walks during the sunset. It would have been a smash on the festival circuit.

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Alas, reality is never so romantic as our imagination – probably a good thing, honestly! We had quite the drama planned out for these two, but in the end, they couldn’t find a good way to anchor the camera and we wrapped things up and headed home.

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