Surf life savers at Mairangi Bay, Auckland. Stormy day at the beach. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

In praise of Surf Life Saving New Zealand. Even on this stormy day at Mairangi Bay, Auckland, the flags and guards were out. The organisation is a non-profit and protects over 80 NZ beaches each summer. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

I’m feeling sad for the thousands of New Zealanders whose summer holiday spirit is being dampened (quite literally) by the frequent storms that are hitting our country. For many families, the period between Christmas and mid-January is traditionally a time to pack the car and head off to campgrounds, motels and holiday homes. I guess there will be a lot of Scrabble and Jenga being played right now.

Stormy seas at Takapuna Beach, Auckland, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Takapuna Beach, New Year’s Day 2016. A couple of holidaymakers from the nearby campground brave the coastal walk. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

For farmers and gardeners though, the rain is very welcome; bringing some respite from drought.

Trees silhouetted against mist, January 2016, New Plymouth, Taranaki. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Country road, Taranaki. The ocean is out there — somewhere. Image: Su Leslie, 2016.

I shot the two images just above and below, within about 10 minutes of each other, at Paritutu, New Plymouth. The first looks like it could have been taken on any winter’s day, but it is the height of summer. And when the mist cleared a little, the lush vegetation brought some much-needed colour to the landscape.

Sugar Loaf Islands, New Plymouth, Taranaki, NZ. Shot from reserve adjacent to Paritutu. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Sunshine between the rain showers, Sugar Loaf Islands, New Plymouth, Taranaki, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Home from our road-trip, I’m starting to harvest the fruit in our garden. This morning I picked tomatoes and plums. Tomorrow I think the first fig will be ripe.

Close-up shot of ripening tomatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016.

Almost ready to pick. Tomatoes ripen in my garden. Image: Su Leslie, 2016.

Close-up shot of ripe cherry tomatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

First harvest. Image: Su Leslie, 2016.

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. This week’s theme is nature.


Nature: big and small

36 thoughts on “Nature: big and small

  1. I’m seeing this post from my BlackBerry which is a first for me with your blog Su, and I should reassure you that your photos look as beautiful on my cell as they always do on my laptop! Sorry that I have been absent I’ve missed your great work. Beautiful post. Cheers

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  2. In my part of the world it is settling into the cold of winter. You have a mixed blessing, well-needed rain and the effects of more potent weather. Mostly, it’s grand that you are getting the water needed to reduce the drought, which is also happening here on the West Coast to great relief. My favorite of your marvelous set is “Country Road, the Ocean is Out There,” a dramatic and moody scene. Happy days ahead in the New Year. Happy Photo Challenge.

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  4. Su, what a wonderful gallery you’ve given us this week! Rain is certainly necessary, although doesn’t always come when we need/want it or in the amounts we’d like. I’d personally love rain to come mostly at night, but have yet to figure out how to accomplish that. πŸ™‚ In the States, there’s been lots of flooding, but on the positive side, California is getting very badly needed rain and, in the mountains, snow.


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