Sunset from Piha beach

Sunset from Piha beach

For this landscape, I walked right up to the edge of the water. This gives a closer view of the sun setting behind these jagged rocks. I find with landscape photography, I often shoot very wide views to try and capture everything I’m seeing. Like the previous photograph of Lion Rock at sunset from much further back up the beach. It’s often worth getting closer and focusing on specific details in a landscape. I much prefer this composition. Not just for the great colours in the sunset but also the textures and lines of the rocks and water.

Lion Rock at sunset

Lion Rock at sunset

Piha beach was one of the first coastal areas I visited in New Zealand. It is a winding but specular drive from Auckland and well worth the visit. The focal point of the beach is Lion Rock. It is about 100 metres but unsafe to climb right to the top. You can get about half way up, which I’ve done before but not on this visit. We were camping at the Piha Domain Camp Ground which was fantastic. This photograph was taken on an evening stroll along the beach at sunset. This is a black sand beach due to it being a volcanic area. In fact Lion Rock is the eroded neck of a volcano which erupted 16 million years ago.

Magellanic clouds

Magellanic clouds

Cities aren’t usually the best place to clearly see the stars of the night sky due to the light pollution. As far as capital cities go, Wellington, New Zealand is one of the clearest in the world. For this photograph, we still drove about an hour out of the city centre into the hills of Pakuratahi Forest. There was no moon so it was incredibly dark. I know next to nothing about the stars. Fortunately my friend James does. He informs me we are looking at two Magellanic clouds in the Large (LMC) and the small (SMC). They are dwarf galaxies outside the Milky Way. 150,000 light years away. You can’t see them from the northern hemisphere.

Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport

There are many hills around Wellington Airport. Both on the city side and in the Miramar peninsula. I intend to explore the bays and hills of Miramar more. This photograph was taken at sunset from the Moa Point Radar Station. Also known as Palmer Head Fortress it is a great place for a picnic and some plane spotting. From here we can see a Singapore airways plane getting ready to take off. Behind the airport is Lyall Bay. The road below where I was stood is Moa Point Road.