A shared moment of joy

Rangitoto sunrise. Seen from Milford Beach, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed.

Rangitoto sunrise. Seen from Milford Beach, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed.

Awake particularly early the other day,  I went for a walk on Milford Beach. The skies were low and threatening, and I’d resigned myself to a undistinguished sunrise. In fact, I was headed back to the car when a fellow walker pointed out what I nearly missed —  shafts of orange light bursting outward from the horizon.

My photo can never do justice to how beautiful that moment was. The beach was almost deserted, but for the few minutes nature offered her light show, a small group of us stood together and watched.

Then the elderly Chinese woman murmured “very special moment”, we all smiled, added our agreement and carried on our way.

Written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally

 

 

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27 thoughts on “A shared moment of joy

  1. Pingback: Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (and a Bonsai Photomontage) | Lens and Pens by Sally

    • I’d never seen anything like it either. I searched online and apparently they are called crepuscular rays (such a horrible name for something so beautiful), and are caused by light coming through gaps in the cloud.

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      • Really cool—I’ve seen it when the sun is above the clouds and the light comes down in rays like that. But never at the horizon. Thanks for capturing it!

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