A trip to the beach can be quite dramatic when the storm clouds roll in.
Last weekend I had a trip to Kaikoura, always a lovely place to visit and even more fascinating following the recent earthquakes. The roads are still being repaired but the journey is pretty good now. The foreshore has been uplifted by the quakes and looks different but still very beautiful with the sea, rocks and mountains.
I arrived home yesterday to find a copy of D-Photo magazine waiting for me and the amazing news that one of my images came 2nd in the Landscape category in the 2018 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the year. There were so many gorgeous images in the competition I feel very privileged to have made 2nd place.
I was fortunate enough recently to win a gold medal in this year's North Shore Salon of Photography with this image of Kairaki Beach, entitled "The Line Between Sea And Sky". A long exposure taken on a calm mild evening last year.
Over the New Year I took a trip around the north of the South Island of New Zealand, a few places I haven't been before including, a short walk from the main road, to this little waterfall near Havelock.
This is the River Brittle on the Isle of Skye heading towards the Black Cuillins, the rain was coming and going (and heavy) which made getting clean images very hard!
In between showers on the Isle of Skye, looking across at the Raasay and Rona from half way up to the Old Man of Storr.
Walking up to the Old Man of Storr, looking back over the Storr Lochs towards Raasay and Rona.
The Storr in the mist, if you look hard there are some very small people.
Sunrise from the harbour in Portree, Isle of Skye. A lovely place to be.
Looking back over the Storr Lochs on the Isle of Skye.
On my recent trip to Europe we travelled to the Isle of Skye, stopping at various places en route, this is the lovely Queen's View overlooking Loch Tummel near Pitlochry.
I am recently back from a trip to Europe and stopped for a couple of days on the Isle of Skye where I was born. This is on the way to the Old Man of Storr.
Sunrise on the way to Castle Hill with my local photographic club. A cold and early start but the local sheep seemed warm enough in the early morning light.
A long exposure shot of the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, the water was surging in towards high tide.
Another view from the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.
Looking out from the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.
The stunning Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki on the West Coast of New Zealand.At hight tide the waves crash into the blow holes producing spectacular spouts of water.
I spent Queen's Birthday weekend this year on the West Coast, at Punakaiki. This is a view over the pancake rocks, amazing blow holes and rock formations north of Greymouth.
I am currently in the throws of preparing for an exhibition images with one of my photographic friends, Sharon Brophy. The exhibition is being held in the gallery at my local library here in Kaiapoi - Art on the Quay. The process of selecting, preparing and organising images is well underway but is taking quite a lot of time. We will be displaying images in a range of media, from traditional framed prints to metal, canvas, corrugated iron and wood.
The exhibition runs from the 10th March until the 21st April, more details will be found on my Facebook event page.