White Gold

This south coast beach just south of Brighton near Dunedin / New Zealand gets golden sand sprinkled in patches, randomly over the mostly white sand. It’s a very pretty effect. When we visited on Christmas morning there was way less gold sand than when we’d visited a few weeks before but I found a nice gold streak at the base of the sand dunes.

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fyi the plants are a mix of yellow-flowered lupins and marram grass
neither are native


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. I did a quick search but couldn’t find an explanation for the golden sands. Does wind expose them? Are they a result of something leaching from the dunes? Something in the ocean water there? In any event, it’s a pleasing effect. It must be lovely as they shift and change.

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    1. Hi Linda. I don’t know where it comes from. My guess is that the golden sand comes in from certain currents or during storms and I wouldn’t have a clue where the actual source is. Puzzling!

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  2. I really like the look and feel of the dunes in your photos, Liz. My parents retired to a small house in Maine, only a few minutes walk from the ocean and I have fond memories of walking down narrow wooded boardwalks through the dunes to the water.

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