Submerged fields and fenceline, Kaipara, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Submerged fields and fenceline, Kaipara, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

While life after Tuesday night’s storm has returned to normal for us, I am aware that for many recovery will not be so quick. Damaged homes and businesses will take days and weeks to repair, and although most of the fallen trees have been cleared, swirling debris is everywhere – spread by high winds.

It was a fierce storm, yet I was still surprised yesterday to find whole fields submerged when I ventured beyond the edge of the city, to Auckland’s rural north-west.

It was a beautiful day, and I was happy with the images I shot. But for those who own the land, and for whom it is an integral part of their livelihood, the artistry of blue sky and marshmallow clouds reflected in flooded fields is no compensation for the damage caused by nature.

This week Ailsa at Where’s my Backpack challenged us to show the unexpected.

Here are a few other posts on the theme that I enjoyed:

The Unexpected

Travel Theme: Unexpected

Weekly Travel Theme: Unexpected

Travel Theme: Unexpected


Unexpected lakes

14 thoughts on “Unexpected lakes

  1. Sorry to hear of the storm and hope you are safe and well. The photos of the day following are beautiful. Thank you very much for sharing my link on the unexpected surprises of the Turkish Bath. Much appreciated.


    • Thank you. It seems everywhere we turn there are people whose lives are being changed forever by events they have no control over. I guess it’s always been thus, but we are more aware of it because of global media. I just hope this doesn’t damage our capacity for compassion. πŸ™‚


  2. Great photos. The local river here was nearly over the banks but they were raised some years ago to prevent flooding in Hastings itself. I haven’t been out but I would imagine that we would have a few unexpected lakes around. Take care. πŸ˜€


    • Hi Doda. Thank you for you lovely comments. We have been spared any further flooding, although the weather is still very wet. I hope you are well. πŸ™‚


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