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Cloudy Dawn

Living near a coast with views to the north and east (I’m talking about the southern hemisphere here) you are presented with a range of moods in the sky and on the water that is driven by the weather.  The sea can be angry, or placid. The sky can be clear, or cloudy.  Visibility can reach to the horizon, or be no more than fifty meters.  All of this presents an infinite menu of photographic opportunities.

Cloudy Dawn, Takapuna Beach, Auckland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

This image was taken in early May last year from Takapuna Beach on Auckland’s North Shore.  It is looking slightly east of north just before 9.00 am.  An overnight storm is clearing and the sun is struggling to break through the clouds, while blue sky begins to show itself overhead.

On the coast and in the mountains are two of my favorite places at sunrise and sunset.  These are the times when clouds are lit at their most interesting best.  Because both places are fully exposed to all that weather systems can throw at them, they are also exciting (and sometimes scary) places to be in a storm.


Rolled and Ready

Hay Bails, South Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Rolled and Ready

Its mid summer here in New Zealand and one of the driest we have had for some years.  The ground is so dry that fields without irrigation are parched brown.  This scene in the South Canterbury region of the South Island shows newly baled hay waiting to be collected for winter storage.  The baling had finished just before we arrived so everything was freshly cut and rolled.

Hay Bails, South Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Blue, Gold, Green

Further down the road and around the corner we were greeted by this scene of contrasting colors.  The field in the foreground has been re-grassed and is being made ready to provide fresh feed to fatten the spring lambs for market.  Below the treeline in mid-ground is more of the freshly baled hay shown above.  The high clouds in the blue sky helped to make an interesting photograph.

A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Clouds

Kaikoura Sun, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

This is my first post relating to “Word of the Week”.  Clouds fascinate me.  If I see notable cloud formations I try to capture them in my images. This image was taken while on a whale watching trip on the Kaikoura coast of New Zealand’s South Island.  Although it was about 10.00 am it felt more like 8.00 am because of the lowish overhead cloud with the sun struggling to get through.  This created a more somber mood as the sun was reflected on the gentle swell.

Red Sky at Night

Red Sky at Night, Tarris Otago, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Red Sky at Night – From the road to Wanaka

It was nearly dark.  As the sun set in the west a bright orange glow lit the clouds over the mountains. A chilly wind blew across the freshly plowed stony land.  Out of the car to quickly capture the image and then retreat once again to the warmth inside. Head on back to Wanaka to takeaway dinner and a bottle of wine with friends.

Grey Dawn

Rangitoto Grey Dawn, Auckland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2009

Rangitoto Grey Dawn

Rangitoto Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf can be seen from many parts of the city. This volcanic cone guards the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour and all shipping entering the harbour passes through the channel seen in this view.  The mood of the island changes throughout the day and with the weather.  This image was taken just before 8.00 am on an early spring morning in 2009. The clouds reflect the changeable weather we have in Auckland at that time of the year.

Along the Mt Aspiring Road

Travelling back to Wanaka from the end of the road to the Mt Aspiring National Park we passed this sign. The view of the mountain from this point is not as spectacular as the one closer to Wanaka but the mountain tops were still in sunlight and the shadows were lengthening quickly. I had to get the shot before the light was gone. Wispy clouds above the peak add to the atmosphere.

Mt Aspiring sign, Mt Aspiring National Park, Otago, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2011

Mt Aspiring that way!

Further along the road towards Wanaka there is a small lake with boggy edges and patches of reeds. The clear blue sky and mountains coloured yellow by the evening sunlight were reflected in the water. I just had to stop to capture this image. Within a few minutes a breeze caused the water to ripple and the reflections were lost.

Reflections - Mt Aspiring National Park, Otago, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2011

Reflections - Mt Aspiring National Park

Early Morning Ride

This image was captured on the same morning as the one in the previous post.  To try something different I processed it as a split one image and am quite pleased with the result as, for me, it captures the mood of the moment – early morning, overnight rain clouds still hanging in the hills, small children being taken for a ride around the bay in an inflatable dinghy, and just plain peacefulness. Click image for larger view.

Sony Alpha DSLR A200 1/50 sec, F5.6, ISO 100, Sony DT 18-70 mm lens at 18 mm

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