Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 22 November 2005

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    Spring in New Zealand is characterised by extremes - and those extremes can be concentrated into very small areas. Thus dark storm clouds and bright sun are not all that unusual close together.

    What really made me stop and take this as I zoomed in my rental car from the airport to my business appointment (well, to be quite honest my zooming was interrupted quite a few times by the incessant frustrated squeaking noises that my camera often seems to make) - was the juxtaposition of a wild sky and a calm sea. This happened because that storm isn't coming - it's going - and this bay was sheltered by the high ground of the cape from the strong southerly that had battered our flight all the way from Wellington.

    P.S. If you really want to see New Zealand's rapidly changing spring weather go and look at

    (most commented on in my photostream as at 12/1/06

    Bill in DC, destinatio (very busy), and 76 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Karsten W. Rohrbach 113 months ago | reply

      Rated 7 out of 10 in the 100 points Group.

      Where's the lightning? j/k
      Not seriously dramatic, but interesting.

      Much grain for an ISO 50 shot, as a sidenote.

    2. malyousif 113 months ago | reply

      wow, unbelievable!

      I love the contrast of colours in this picture. Well done.

      Rated 9 out of 10 in the 100 points Group.

    3. Lady Pain (Marta Manso) 113 months ago | reply

      Wow!! Brilliant, precious...

      Rated 9 out of 10 in the 100 points Group.

    4. MiRea 113 months ago | reply

      Rated 8 out of 10 in the 100 points Group.

      My comments from before still carry.

    5. Coxee 112 months ago | reply

      Smashing picture - love all the contrasts here

    6. Vratsagirl 112 months ago | reply

      It is gorgeous!

    7. lawatha 106 months ago | reply

      Thank you for adding this shot to the Interestingness pool

    8. borealnz 104 months ago | reply

      Wonderfully simple shot which gives a glimpse of NZ's ever changing weather! I love the colour of the sea!!

      Thanks for sharing in our "Minimalism" theme thread
      The World Through My Eyes

    9. cavenli2008 104 months ago | reply

      Faved again!

      123 faves

    10. Stephen P. Johnson 104 months ago | reply

      Love this place! We walked out to the Gannet colony. Most people take the tractor cart. Beautiful shot.


    11. 103 months ago | reply

      i love the color of the water!

    12. Blue Silver [deleted] 103 months ago | reply

      Dramatic sky above a wonderful green sea with sparkles of light.

      1-2-3 travels

    13. Mono Andes 103 months ago | reply

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    14. Micky** 100 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous scene!
      Thanks for entering this in the weekly photo contest.
      The World Through My Eyes

    15. pagnolle 97 months ago | reply

      Seen on, Vue sur En Clair et en Obscur
      A great way to join two paradoxal elements: the threathning dark sky and the pure clear water. A fine application of "clair-obscur". Congratulations, this is a beautiful photo.

    16. ıssɐq oılnıƃ q°ן°p giulio bassi 97 months ago | reply

      Seen on, Vue sur En Clair et en Obscur

    17. Eavesdropper 97 months ago | reply

      Very beautiful! Wonderful composition and use of light.

      Seen in En Clair et en Obscur (READ RULES !!!) (?)

    18. melenama 57 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called New Zealand by tips4travels, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    19. samheu1310 33 months ago | reply

      You know wat. Your photo is so beautiful. OMG, I really love the moment you get the photo.

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