Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Piebald Skies

If ever I am called to go to another town or city for pleasure of for business I try to get out for an early morning walk.  For me, it’s the best time of the day.  It’s the time before most people begin to move, and the time when the light is clear, the sun is still low, and the air is fresh.

It was on such a morning that I took my morning walk along the coastal walkway at New Plymouth in the Taranaki region of New Zealand.  Taranaki occupies that area of the large western cape of the North Island of New Zealand.  Its central feature is Mt Taranaki, a Fuji look-alike that dominates the landscape throughout the region.  The coastal walkway stretches 11 km from the Port Taranaki, past the New Plymouth CBD, then on around the cliffs and beaches in a northerly direction. It’s popular with walkers, runners and cyclists.

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, Taranaki, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Fitzroy Beach from the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, Taranaki, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Resting and viewing area beneath the cliffs just north of the New Plymouth CBD

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, Taranaki, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Port Taranaki and New Plymouth CBD. The “wand” on the foreshore next to the rectangular white building is an installation art piece designed by artist Len Lye.

On this particular morning there was a lovely piebald sky that added to the enjoyment of the walk.


6 responses

  1. Wow, this is a beautiful area. Not one we visited when we went to New Zealand in 1998. Great pictures.

    July 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    • Thanks Suzanne & Pierre. There are a lot of areas around the New Zealand coast like this, and they are growing in number. I enjoy your regular posts from Paris and am looking forward to visiting again in September. Chris G

      July 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

  2. Beautiful Chris :-). We have deer on Kiawah that are called piebald. They are speckled. Is that what you meant by calling this piebald skies?

    July 4, 2013 at 12:12 am

    • You could say it’s a liberal (artistic!!) interpretation interpretation of the word. I suppose it’s more mottled than speckled. 🙂

      July 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

  3. Absolutely stunning photos Chris! New Zealand is a fabulous place, but I haven’t been to this area. So glad you introduced me to it – now I have yet another reason to return. All the best, Terri

    July 9, 2013 at 3:24 am

    • Thanks for your comment Terri. It was a beautiful morning and the first time I had walked in this area. We do have a great country, but so do you and we are looking forward to visiting it again in September. Cheers Chris

      July 9, 2013 at 8:20 am

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