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Fencing in or Fencing out?

Sand Dune, South Piha

Sand Dune, South Piha

The City Daily Photo theme for November is “Fences”. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

The purpose of this rope fence at South Piha Beach is to keep people off the fragile dunes. But then, don’t encourage the dunes too much, or the parking lot (where I am standing) will become a sandpit …

Behind the dune is South Piha Beach, and a fierce wind is blowing in, coming straight from Australia. It carries fine sand over the crest of the dune which settles like sifted flour on the leeward side, to the delight of the sparrows.

Sand Dune, South Piha

Sand Dune, South Piha


  1. Julie

    An exercise in futility, methinks. Love the wee sparrow …

  2. Kim

    I imagine this fence comes and goes and it’s probably difficult to know where it will show up.

  3. Lachezar

    Beautiful photographs and great choice Paul!

  4. joan

    A fence in hiding. Quirky choice … well done.

  5. EG Wow, Canada

    The sand must blow around a lot there!

  6. Petrea Burchard

    Oh, this is fantastic. My favorite so far!

  7. RamblingRound

    Now this is a fence that needs a fence!

  8. Jilly

    What absolutely fabulous photos. I love these shots – really feel as if I’m there in the dunes, wind blowing. Fantastic!

  9. Michel │ˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉ│ Benoit

    It looks like our dunes of the Camargue !

  10. Irina

    Amazing beautiful photos. I like very much how you show the theme. And great blog, great!

  11. Kate

    You have posted two splendid photos of the dunes! I can feel the windswept atmosphere and can SMELL it!

  12. Oakland Daily Photo

    Very nice take on the theme. I especially like the one with the sparrows and the barely there post of the fence.

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