Sunrise in Auckland. View of city and harbour bridge from Te Atatu Peninsula beach at low tide. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Early morning on the Te Atatu Peninsula; looking across the Waitemata to the city and harbour bridge. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

I have to confess; April is probably my favourite month. Poised between Auckland’s oppressive summer humidity and the damp, grey of winter, April in my city is often utterly, gloriously beautiful — especially at sunrise and sunset.

Tomorrow is the start of New Zealand Music Month, and I’ve been thinking about the songs that form the soundtrack to my life. One of the first to pop into my head was April Sun in Cuba.

Released in 1977, it was the first big hit for the band Dragon. April Sun in Cuba was released in Australia first; the band having relocated to Sydney from Auckland a couple of years earlier. I don’t know if writers Paul Hewson and Marc Hunter were thinking of Auckland or Sydney when they wrote the song, but the opening lines are:

I’m tired of the city life
Summer’s on the run
People tell me I should stay
But I got to get my fun

Paul Hewson & Marc Hunter

I am definitely tired of the city life, but at least for the moment, the April sun in Te Atatu, or Greenhithe, or Herald Island are part of the solution, not the problem.

Sunset at Rahui Beach, Greenhithe, Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Sunset at Rahui Beach, Greenhithe, Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

At sunset, gulls flying above Christmas Beach, Herald Island in Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

“Birds in the winter sky” — gulls above Christmas Beach, Herald Island in Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman. There are two versions:

Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!


The Changing Seasons: April sun in Te Atatu

24 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons: April sun in Te Atatu

  1. Pingback: The Changing Seasons: April 2016 – Cardinal Guzman

  2. Yet another Kiwi import we claimed as our own? πŸ™‚

    I’m not enjoying April here this year. Too many hot days. I miss the chilly mornings, the mists, the turning colours of a proper autumn. And the water situation is getting a bit dire. Some autumn rains would be more use to us than April sun. to be honest.

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    • πŸ™‚ Work on the basis that all the best Aussie musicians are Kiwi (ok, tongue in cheek). I didn’t realise it was still so hot and dry; which is a bit dumb since the Big T is working in Melbourne at the moment – dividing his time between Broadmeadows and Geelong. Hope you get some rain soon.

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  3. At least in April our climates are somewhat in sync as we move from winter to summer. The flowers are blooming, trees filling in, and grass turning green. So for different reasons, April is beautiful here also!

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  4. No, that song and group passed me by I’m afraid (??) looks like they were trying to imitate the Rolling Stones! Your sunrise and sunsets are glorious – what gorgeous light you have captured. I wouldn’t hate living in Auckland. There are worse cities to live in πŸ™‚

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