Kite surfing Golden Gate strait

Kite surfing Golden Gate strait

Taken from Crissy Field East Beach looking west towards the Golden Gate bridge. It was great to see so much activity on the water. There were dozens of people kite surfing, wind surfing and sailing. The person on the beach in the foreground with their kite makes this photograph work. At the time of capturing this scene there were dozens of other people around. Both with and without kites. I zoomed in to focus on this one person. But made sure I included the full length of the Golden Gate bridge in the background

Castle point beach

Castle point beach

Lighthouses are one of my favourite subjects for landscape photography. An iconic shape in rocky, coastal locations. I’d heard great things about Castle point from people at work. It sounded like the perfect place for a relaxed weekend away. It really surpassed by expectations. Castle point is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast, about two and half hours drive east of central Wellington. A long drive to go there for the day but perfect for a weekend at the beach. The above photograph was taken early evening. Getting the camera low down helped get the reflection of the lighthouse and moon.

Pohutukawa tree at the beach

Pohutukawa tree at the beach

Kaitarakihi beach is one of my favourite spots in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland, just a short drive outside of central Auckland. It’s more sheltered than the more popular west coast beaches of Piha or Bethells but in my opinion is just as special. This photograph was taken between Christmas and New Year, the height of summer here. The Pohutukawa is also known as New Zealand’s Native Christmas Tree, as it flowers between November and January with these very bright red flowers.

Piha Beach from Lion Rock

Piha Beach from Lion Rock

One of the most popular beaches within an hours drive of the centre of Auckland is at Piha, on the west coast of the Waitkere Ranges. This view is taken from half way up Lion Rock. The beach is very popular with surfers and hosts many national and international surfing competitions. You can see quite a few surfers out in the bay, though there just tiny dots from here.

Black sand on the beach is caused by the volcanic rock in this area. The rocky island to the right of the frame is called Taitomo Island and is separated from the mainland, much like Lion Rock where I am stood to capture this photograph. In the very hot summer the heat of the sun heats the black sand and I’ve been here a few times where it has been quite painful to walk on barefoot, people have been known to burn their feet on the sand.