I have often been asked what is the difference between the light at sunrise and the light at sunset, aren't they kind of the same? Being an early riser by nature, I have always enjoyed the stillness of sunrise. The atmosphere, washed clean by the dew overnight, is clear and because of this the colours are more saturated.
Last weekend we decided to head up to Mount Ruapehu for sunrise. The hope was with the sun rising further towards the south, we might be able to see the first rays of sunlight hitting the southern side of Mount Ngauruhoe. To make the journey up to Ruapehu in time for sunrise (around 6:20am) we decided to leave Wanganui by 4 am.
Castlepoint is a beautiful place to visit, but not for pretty gardens or a great night life. This is rugged New Zealand, where the forces of nature have left there marks on the landscape. Between the power of the ocean and the wind, this place can vary from the serene beautiful holiday spot with great beaches for swimming, to howling gales, driving rain and huge sea swells.
New Zealand, located in the south pacific has an active and dynamic climate, or as we like to say changeable. When changeable can be anything from hot and dry to blowing a gale with horizontal rain, all in the same day. This is so commonplace that one of the iconic songs of the 90's had in it's lyrics the refrain "four seasons in one day". This is one of the reasons New Zealand is such a beautiful place to photograph, the drama the storms bring to the landscape means that they are forever changing.
Kids can be frustrating, funny, playful and sometimes quite profound and it can be quite interesting what they pass on to you. The primary school my kids attend has a bit of a tradition, on the last day of term, if the child hasn't got in to trouble then they get to go to right choice day. A celebration and reward for making the right choices through out the term.
West coast beaches in New Zealand have a different nature to their eastern cousins. On a sunny peaceful day the beaches go on for miles, with the occasional interruption by a river or stream. On a stormy day the winds, rain and waves, drive into the coastline from the Tasman sea, in some cases the first landfall in thousands of kilometers.