Once you head out of the cities, you get to see some dramatic weather changes take place that are made more extreme by the landscapes. When I was out exploring around Middlemarch it had been pretty nice all day until the weather turned and the clouds started to roll in, getting darker and darker so I found this near by field, set up my gear and waited and watched as the weather changed.
The Long Way Around
Middlemarch farm field – There’s too many places.
What sad news from overnight to hear that Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan passed away at the age of 46. The Cranberries always popped up fairly regularly on my various play lists and they’re certainly not going to be removed anytime soon.
To Mark the point of elegance.
The colour inside of Paua Shells are both surreal and bizarre when you look at them. Every time I turn one over and look inside I’m surprised and amazed all over again by the combinations of patterns, colours and textures that they contain. This sculpture is in the main bay in Oban on Stewart Island, and it’s covered in Paua Shells that bounce the light in all sorts of directions.
Shell sculpture on Stewart Island – To mark the point of elegance.
This was a real surprise to find while exploring the South Bank area in Brisbane as it seemed to suddenly appeared out of nowhere. It’s a temple for Peace and Love that was built for the 1988 Expo that was held in Brisbane and has remained ever since. It’s was like a hidden Oasis as it was 34 degrees at the time!
Peace & Love temple on South Bank – The way of the world is love.
I love the gold mining regions of Central Otago, there’s so many interesting places, tracks and locations to explore that it’s hard to imagine ever running out of options. This is the ruins of the old school in St Bathans’ that’s been standing since 1875. It’s slowly tumbling down from being abandoned and exposed to the elements, but when I was there I was told that it has recently been sold and the new owner is hoping to restore at least part of it. Doesn’t that make you wonder …. what if?
St Bathans’ School Ruins – To play, he’d come running out!
The beach is an amazing place when you have it all to yourself at day break. It’s even more surreal in less populated places like the Catlins. I was pretty lucky on this morning as it was so still and near perfect conditions as the sun came up and the sky started to change in colour, form and texture. I didn’t see a single person the whole time I was there so it felt like I’d switched off from the world for a few hours or like I was walking in a dream.
Tautuku Bay At First Light – Do You Believe In Dreams?
Here’s a quick snapshot or overview if you like of what I’ve been shooting recently. Since early November I’ve been hanging around the Dunedin beaches on the eastern coastline. This is a wee glance at some of the images that I haven’t published on my Facebook or Instagram feeds, or in the Photo Library. These are moments of observations that caught my eye as I wandered.
Here’s another image from last Saturday at Blackhead Beach. This is right before a large, dark rain started forming and gathering towards the south. It was kinda weird as the tide was pretty low, yet consistent, but every so what seemed like a random wave would break.
I watch this dark bank of rain cloud make it’s way up the coast on Saturday afternoon. I was at Blackhead Beach and noticed that a large bank of cloud was gathering and slowly progressing towards Dunedin. By the time I took this image the sky was starting to look pretty spectacular. It turned into a fizzer really. It promised excitement but instead was a bit disappointing really.
When the sky lights up a brilliant selection of colourful rays that linger for a while then slowly slip away from sight, it makes a 5:00am start time all worth it. It’s also a very positive way to start the day.
There’s a naked truth in the world today. Alone, by yourself, taking the time to think and delve into thought, desires and daydreams where wishes, hopes and ambition advance us towards tomorrow. Reach to the future, dreams are free, so dream big and be forever hopeful, reaching out beyond what can be seen. Take care with precious moments of calm, peacefulness and embrace one’s thoughts while sitting doing time and nothing at all.
Delve into thought, desires and daydreams.
Where destinations are a new way of seeing things and paths are not found but made.