Pt 1. Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve

The first time I can remember going snorkelling was at Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia when I was 9. The water was ridiculously cold but I wanted to keep going - find all the different fish that lived there. I think that mystery about what could be behind the next rock has always fascinated me.  What I love about the ocean is that you can't even imagine all the colours and textures just under the surface. There are so many things we don't know about the ocean, and so many new things to discover. One of the things that excites me most is seeing photographs of all the weird and wonderful things that make up a reef. This marine reserve, part of Pouawa Beach, is a 10 minute drive from where I live. I've snorkelled here only a handful of times before. For someone who doesn't have a scuba diving license or a lot of places to explore, this place is as good as it comes. Though it's pretty spectacular in it's own right.

I'm really surprised by how well the photos turn out here. It's a bit touch and go all the time because I can't often see what I'm photographing so I end up with a lot of unfocused shots. There are occasionally areas that I try my best to get a good photograph, other times I'm just pointing the camera randomly. There's also the tricky thing of keeping my hands still while being moved by the tide. Sometimes I get lucky and am able to capture the beauty of this reef.

These photos below are from when I went with my best friend a few days prior. It was high tide, windy and turned out to be not a great day for snorkelling. You can see the difference going at low tide, little wind and a sunny day makes for photographing the reef.

Art, TravelCait Rammy