Recently we bought a 1 acre property on the west coast around 90 minutes drive north of Wellington. Along with the property we bought a tiny caravan — 2 metres by 3 metres, so we can occasionally stay the night.
It’s a short 5 minutes walk to the beach, even though we can’t actually see the sea from our place. The beach itself is wide and flat and stretches for miles.
On my last visit I took my DSLR and tried for a few shots of this and that.
I quite like this one of a gull at the water’s edge. In the background is Kapiti Island, some 22 Km distant in a straight line.
A little further up the beach were these 3 birds, again with Kapiti Island in the background.
Our property has a gorgeous unobstructed view to the Tararua Ranges in the East. I was up before sunrise to see a tiny sliver of crescent Moon rising just before the sun — yes, that white dot isn’t a speck of dust, but the merest sliver of the Moon. The sun’s about to burst forth from behind the mountains which themselves are behind the tall grasses and sundry bushes on our bit of land.
It was spectacular to be up before dawn. The skies up there are so dark too: for the first time I’ve actually seen the Coalsack — the dark area of sky in the Crux constellation. I’ve never seen it before because the sky has never been dark enough to see all the stars around it.
One night I aim to take my telescope up with me and spend some time enjoying those dark skies. We have few neighbours, and they have even fewer lights. There are no streetlights nearby and we’re a good distance from the nearest rather small centres of population: 7 Km and 15 Km in a straight line.