I visited the beach this evening to get some shots for this round of SPARK, a quarterly event in which artists, writers and musicians are paired up, and create new work in response to an inspiration piece their partner gives them. I've participated lots of times, and this round I'm taking part as both a writer and an 'artist'. If you're a visual artist, musician or writer, SPARK is well worth checking out. Go to www.getsparked.org
The nearest beach is only a half-hour drive away, but it's a ages since I last went. Like all the beaches on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, this beach has black volcanic sand and is strewn with driftwood.