No, there’s not really an edge to our world, but if you’ve ever been to the ocean shores, you might know that feeling I’m talking about. The smell of the salt water, the wind gusting in from the sea, the sandy beaches and rocky outcrops slowly losing ground to the relentless waves; it’s one of the most universally experienced type of wild place we have on this planet. Thinking about this might help you not only relate to Miho Hatori & Smokey Hormel‘s dreamy song,
“Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.” –Shel Silverstein
it might also help you appreciate the unique sights of Slope Point, New Zealand.
The southernmost point of the south island of New Zealand (not to be confused with the more southerly Stewart Island), Slope Point is closer to the South Pole than it is to the equator, and is quite possibly one of the most unique places on Earth.
Although it’s thousands of kilometers to Antarctica, the prevailing winds blow northwards (inland) from the shores of Slope Point, and they tend to blow furiously.
And moving inland from the shores of Slope Point, you’ll find the typical sights of rural New Zealand: grazing flocks of sheep, the rare human, and acre after acre of grasslands.
But the part that makes it feel like it’s the edge of the world?
That has got to be the bizarre, windswept trees, something I’ve never seen anything akin to, even in among the greatest forests in the world. Have a look for yourself at the best images — below — that I’ve been able to find of this amazing natural splendor!
Thanks to kuriositas for first bringing this onto my radar, and hope my kiwi readers among you can chime in with a little more info about this spectacular natural wonder! Have a great weekend, from whatever edge-of-the-world you’re reading from!