Photography as art, the vision in my mind, captured by the camera.

Serenity in Sumner

Yesterday, I had planned to go out and shoot some more melting things, or perhaps the odd bud or two, if any were out yet . . . but instead, thanks to the quirks of Mother Nature, who saw fit to dump about a foot of heavy wet snow upon us, I spent the day shovelling snow. And finding things for the kids to do, since the buses weren’t running, and I wasn’t going to go anywhere until the snowplow had been past.

So instead, today I’d like to share with you a photo from our trip last year to New Zealand, and my ancestral home, Christchurch. We had originally planned this trip for March 2011, but as a result of the massive February 22nd earthquake, and the virtual shutdown of Christchurch after that horrendous event, we postponed it for year. Somewhat less, traditional photo opportunities, but a few unique ones presented themselves when we eventually got down there.

On our second day in the Garden City – the first was spent visiting family and checking out the Botanic Gardens with our daughters and my Dad when jet-lag overwhelmed our son – I decided to take the family out to Sumner. Sadly, Shag Rock is gone, well, it’s a pile now, and I completely missed it while navigating through the maze of orange cones which lined the road, creating new lanes, as the lane along the base of the cliffs was narrowed by the line of shipping containers, placed there to keep falling rocks off the road.

Not exactly the Sumner I remembered.

However, Cave Rock was pretty much the same. The wind blasting off the Pacific was the same . . . and the dune was the same. Took some lovely pictures that day, in spite of the cold (rain was on the way, and as usual at that time of year, a chilly wind preceded it). In spite of all the damage nearby, the absence of Shag Rock, it was still the serene, peaceful place, I remembered.

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8 responses

  1. It would of been nice if we had a shorter winter up here, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Enjoyed your post

    -Kyle Robinson

    May 6, 2013 at 2:49 am

    • Thanks Kyle! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog also!
      And yeah, a shorter winter would be nice, but then it wouldn’t be FSJ, would it? LOL

      May 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      • Haha thanks. I agree, without these long winters, FSJ would go into chaos lol

        May 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm

  2. Beautiful shot.

    May 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

  3. I’m a 4 season camper & have found Winter camping to be the most rewarding season. I contend that there is no such thing as bad weather…….only bad clothing.
    As long as I’m dressed for it,I can take advantage of the unique weather opportunities!
    Good work!

    May 29, 2013 at 9:25 am

  4. Great shot! I can virtually taste salt in the air and hear waves surge on the beach.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:43 am

    • Thank-you Noeline! Can you feel the freezing cold wind too?! It was just a tad blustery that day, but what do you expect for late March in the southern hemisphere? lol

      May 30, 2013 at 9:28 am

      • Ha! A bit like spring in England then 🙂

        May 30, 2013 at 11:11 am

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