The view from the Paekakariki Hill lookout is a spectacular and impressive no matter what the weather. I been up there on both a fine day and during a storm. The scenery on a fine day is amazing as you can see up the coast and out past Kapiti Island while on a bad day you get just as an amazing view of the weather fronts moving up and down the coast. It’s situated as you come over from Pauatahanui heading up Paekakariki Hill Road and head down towards Paekakariki.
One afternoon I had this fleeting vision while going past Waitati and Blueskin Bay. It was one of those early spring days which have both a taste of winter and summer rolled into one. A storm front had just passed through the bay and while the sun was starting to peek through the clouds behind me. It didn’t last long however it lasted just long enough to take it in.
Here’s another view of the rocks near Lawyers Head here in Dunedin. They are so close to my house that I’m never really far away from them. I often return here many times to experiment with settings and techniques however due to its eastern location, the weather isn’t always perfect but the rocks are always interesting.
The bush has a very still, silent feel to it and if you manage to find a stream then a timeless sensation starts to take over. I visited a few streams around McGouns Track in North Dunedin last week on an overcast afternoon. It had been sometime since I’d explored the bush yet once I was there, it seemed like only yesterday.
I took this last week. It had been one of those lovely, warm spring days that makes you think of summer. I based myself on a set of rocks near an area called Lawyers Head. It’s a great spot to capture rocks and waves at dusk, however it’s also near a seagull nesting colony and they get very protective from time to time. It’s not easy to keep one eye on the swooping seagulls, another on the incoming tide and yet another on the camera and filters.
The sand raised up her head,
covered with the glow of comfort and trust.
‘Keep believing in what stands’ the light sea breeze said,
in a moment of sense and reason.
For a change of pace I headed down to the beach the other night to catch the last rays of light on a #dunnerstunner evening in Dunedin NZ. I arrived just in time to get the sun dropping down through the sand dunes before disappearing into tomorrow. Thanks Dunedin, New Zealand
Turn left and it’s the quick way back home, go straight ahead and it’s the long way or turn right and head down the unknown road. Which direction would you take? I went right … it was a dead end!! While out walking one morning in Lindenow in Australia I came across this intersection. Not the busiest intersection in the world, I was told that two or three cars was a busy day!
It’s hard to resist a beach at sunset on a warm evening when you’re on holiday. If you’re keen for a walk, then this stretch of beach that runs from St Clair to St Kilda gives you an amazing beach walk. Personally I prefer it in the morning, yet the sunsets are just as good.
I was happy to see the sun come up over the rocks with the sea slowly drifiting in and out. The local sea lions weren’t as happy to see me! They seemed to be in a grumpy mood, so I kept a respecful distance and found a spot that was away from where they were and watched the sea.
Where destinations are a new way of seeing things and paths are not found but made.