Forecasting the weather

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… next minute. Closest lightning I’ve experienced for a while. Su Leslie 2018

From the west-facing window in my office I can see the Waitakere Ranges on a clear day (on most days actually).

I can also see the rain coming.

Sometimes the light just before a storm is so clear it makes the view almost a parody of leafy suburbia.

Today was such a day.

About two minutes after I took this, the house shook in the most amazing lightning strike. Judging from the intensity of the flash and my neighbours’ reactions too — I think we must have pretty much been Ground Zero.

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Six Word Saturday: another day, another couple of beaches

Boy and couple watching waves crash over the seawall at Mairangi Bay, Auckland, NZ during a storm in early January 2018. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Storm-watching, Mairangi Bay, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Six Word Saturday: watching the storm clouds roll in

Obviously storm conditions are no barrier to fun for men in wetsuits. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Takapuna Beach, Auckland, NZ. Waiting for the next storm to arrive. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Six Word Saturday is a blogging prompt from Cate at Show my Face. Here are some other bloggers’ Saturdays:

http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/six-word-saturday-119/

http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/six-word-saturday-49/

I love Paris in the drizzle…

http://elainemcnulty.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/climbing-hills/

http://thetaleofaglobetrotter.blogspot.in/2014/07/six-words-to-describe-my-life.html

http://sandraconner.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/six-word-saturday-8/

http://moreatforty.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/six-word-saturday-4/

 

 

When still images don’t quite paint the picture

Last night Auckland was hit by another storm – our third in as many months. Now these are not catastrophic events, but for those whose houses have lost roofs and suffered water damage, who have no electricity and are blocked in by fallen trees – the storm has wrecked the kind of havoc that will impact their lives for weeks and months to come.

We have been especially lucky this time. While the last two storms left us without electricity for a while; this time – so far, so good. We are warm, dry and safe and surrounded by still-standing trees which have spent the night bowing before gale force winds. It is calmer today and the flora in our neighbourhood seems to have largely survived. But the view from my window is largely of trees – and today they continue to sway and dance to the howling gusts of a storm that may have reached its crescendo, but not the finale.

Photos simply don’t do justice to the movement and sound of tall slender manuka trees being whipped about by the wind; but I think video might.

This afternoon I found myself at the beach, watching foam – churned up by the waves – being blown onto not only the beach itself, but the grass reserve and on to the road beyond. In this case, still images captured some of the magic, but again, I think video does a better job.

Foam blown over the sea-wall and onto the grass, Mairangi Bay Beach, Auckland, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

Foam blown over the sea-wall and onto the grass, Mairangi Bay Beach, Auckland, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

Sea-foam blown across the park at Rothesay Bay, Auckland, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

Sea-foam blown across the park at Rothesay Bay, Auckland, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

This theme of the week’s phonography and non-SLR photo challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally is nature, and I’m trying something a bit different. As well as still images I’m posting the videos I shot on my phone and edited with MovieMaker. I’m interested to know what you think of moving images as part of this challenge.

 

And here are some other participants’ response to the theme:

http://talesfromthebackroad.com/phoneography-photo-challenge-nature/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-a-real-tree-t/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/four/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/phoneography-challenge-the-art-and-zen-of-nature/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-2/

http://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/nature-sees/

http://nocrybabies.net/2014/07/07/monday-nature/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/phoneography-a-wild-and-wonderous-garden/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/07/07/bee-on-a-thistle-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/3504/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/07/07/iphoneography-monday-7-7-14/

http://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature/

http://uniqueartchic.com/2014/07/08/rose-art/