A little while back Les and I were lucky enough to head out on a foggy morning. One of my favorite images from that trip was of the tree, not because of the image but because of the mist around the tree and the way it isolated it from the background. The bottom half of the image, especially in black white, looked great but the top half just wasn't as good.
That's when I remembered an image I had seen by Wyn Bullock, and I had a moment of inspiration. I found an image of light rays piercing through thick dark grey clouds and blended the two images together. It added a sense of drama to the image that I liked to fit the bottom half of the image.
Beaches are ever changing, the sand gets moved from one area to another, debris gets washed up then washed away. The rocks change as well, weathered by the storms and the waves they take on interesting shapes and patterns, revealing the destructive forces at play.
On Saturday morning Les headed to one of Tim Bond's favorite beaches. The images he has been posting of this area are stunning, so we thought it was time to try it for ourselves. Our hope was to catch the first rays of sunlight before the storm promised in the forecast descended. Through the side window of the truck I could see in the near dark skies that the clouds were looking heavy but hadn't lowered as much as I might have expected.
I have always loved images where graceful lines lead the viewer off into a beautiful misty seascape. But finding these structures can be hard. A few years ago I saw an image of the breakwater at Patea, that looked like it might work. I hoped it was just a case of waiting for a nice stormy day with a good helping of clouds.
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.