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

South Stack Lighthouse

South Stack Lighthouse

Off the north west coast of Wales is the island of Anglesey. Off the coast of Anglesey is the much smaller Holy Island. At the far north western point you’ll see this landscape. The South Stack Lighthouse is one of my favourite in Wales, if not the whole of the UK. Built in 1809 you can see why ships needed warning of the dangerous rocks below. This was the second or third time visiting south stack. You can walk right down to the lighthouse but I haven’t done this yet. I’d be good to know if the inside is open and if they let people go to the top of the light.

Waitara Cove and Lyall Bay

Waitara Cove and Lyall Bay, Wellington

The location of this photograph was an accidental find. Spending the weekend in a tiny holiday home (known as a bach here in New Zealand). It was in the small View Road South Headland Reserve. Despite having missed this location on the map many times, the height above sea level of this reserve gives it a wonderful view of the bays and out to the Cook Straight. This landscape shows Queens Drive winding around Waitara Cove in the foreground. In the middle of the photograph is a rocky area called Arthurs Nose and the larger bay in the background is Lyall Bay. You can also see the runway of Wellington International Airport in front of the large Miramar Peninsula.

Wellington Airport at dusk

Wellington Airport at dusk

When I first went to the lookout point at the top of Mount Victoria, I knew there would be a great view of Wellington harbour and city centre. What I was surprised by is one of the best views in my opinion is what I photographed here. Looking in the opposite direction of the city centre across Evans Bay to Wellington International Airport. On the right side of the photograph is the suburb of Kilbirnie and on the left is the airport runway. This was taken at 6:30pm on a winter’s evening. The sun had just set behind where I was stood over the city centre. I had my iPhone set up to capture a time-lapse of the planes landing and taking off.

The airport itself is the third busiest in New Zealand after Auckland and Christchurch. The runway length limits the size of planes that can land here, only international planes from Australia, Fiji and the Chatham Islands can land here. Larger, long hall planes need a longer runway. You can see from this view point that there is a plane coming into land over the Cook Straight in the background, flying over Moa Point just behind the end of the runway there. On the foreground side of the runway is Evans Bay as I mentioned.

Archway at Cape Farewell

Archway at Cape Farewell

The most northerly part of New Zealand’s South Island has a peninsula called Farewell Spit. I wanted to see how far north I could get and what there was to photograph that the many tourists never get to explore. It turned out there are no roads along Farewell Spit. I think there’s a lighthouse at the end but without a four wheel drive it would be impossible to get too. Fortunately in the area is Cape Farewell so I went for a short walk along the Puponga Hilltop Walk. When I climbed up to the top this is the view out to the Tasmin Sea.