Greenpoint Shipwreck Graveyard

I was recently invited to a good mates engagement party in Invercargill (congratulations Simon and Ash) so I thought I might squeeze in some landscape photography while I was there.  To be honest, I had no idea Invercargill had a shipwreck cemetery.  The only reason I found out was because while I was researching possible locations for my photography adventure I came across a shipwreck image.  I was immediately hooked.  I set myself a goal to take at least one keeper from the location.  I travelled down from Dunedin to Invercargill a day early, to have a catch up with Simon and maybe check out the shipwrecks.  It was the afternoon when I arrived and Simon, (who hosts More FM the only local radio breakfast show in Invercargill) had finished work for the day so we headed out together to see these shipwrecks up close and personal.

The Greenpoint Shipwreck Cemetery is located about 20 minutes drive out of the city on the state highway to Bluff.  There are signs, and with google maps, it's fairly easy to find.  Can I just say the local council should take a bow.  They have spared no expense in creating a stunning boardwalk surrounded by wetland fauna. The walkway gently meanders along the shoreline to the cemetery.  The walk takes about 15 minutes and is fairly flat the whole way.  At the end of the enjoyable stroll there are even a few steps to deliver you onto the beach with the shipwrecks pretty much right in front of you.  Again, this is brilliant.  I appreciated the information boards about the history of the shipwrecks, plus details on the stunning rock formations on the beach.

As it was late in the afternoon I didn't think I'd get much of a shot, but I have to admit I got my first keeper on that stunning blue sky afternoon.  As Simon was my host, I'll call it 'Shipwrecks for Simon'.  

 

 These two ships moored together formed the basis of my subject matter for the location.  There are older more skeletal shipwrecks, but I found the size of these 2 really appealing.

These two ships moored together formed the basis of my subject matter for the location.  There are older more skeletal shipwrecks, but I found the size of these 2 really appealing.

So all that was left was to return the next morning and shoot the location.  After navigating my way through morning fog on the road to the location, I was hoping for some haunting fog to add some atmosphere to the images.  But that was not to be, maybe next time.

 I wanted the images to include the natural life on the beach.  This helps put the shipwrecks in context to their natural environment.  Here the beads of seaweed makes for an interesting foreground texture in the composition.

I wanted the images to include the natural life on the beach.  This helps put the shipwrecks in context to their natural environment.  Here the beads of seaweed makes for an interesting foreground texture in the composition.

 A similar image to the one above but further up the beach and about 15 minutes later.  Some of New Zealand's oldest rocks lead your eye toward the shipwrecks. 

A similar image to the one above but further up the beach and about 15 minutes later.  Some of New Zealand's oldest rocks lead your eye toward the shipwrecks. 

If you are ever visiting Invercargill I cannot recommend enough this simple day trip to Greenpoint Shipwreck Cemetery,  suitable for the whole family.  If I ever take my ten year old along I'll be sure to weave in tales of pirates, gold and sunken treasure.