Forecasting the weather


… 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.

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

Unexpected lakes

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


Six word Saturday: waiting for the storm

Cheltenham Beach, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie 2013

Cheltenham Beach, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie 2013

Alone on the beach; expecting rain.

Here are some other bloggers’ “Six Word Saturdays” I enjoyed:

Six word Saturday