Weather can be an obstacle to photography.
Or it could become the subject of photography. So what happened yesterday? A severe weather front came in and the morning went from bleak to ugly in very short order.
A friend phoned to tell me that there were some interesting clouds in the West. From home, at ground level, there are a lot of obstacles to getting good sky shots, so I went to the top of the Wainuiomata Hill road and looked West. I think the clouds that excited him had moved on, but they were still worth a look.
With the wind from the North West and gusts up to 130 km/h I decided that I needed to be at the South Side of the harbour and went to Evans Bay.
My car door was almost ripped from my hand as I got out. I had real difficulty in standing as the wind howled. The harbour is too short to build up real waves but the wind was so strong it was ripping the tops off the short chop and flinging them viciously downwind.
At some risk to the cleanliness of my camera, I faced into the wind and could see the squalls hurling themselves towards me. I could not remain exposed for long and it was not till I got back to the computer later that I saw the sail training ship, “Spirit of New Zealand” anchored at the Northern end of the harbour. I bet it was a noisy night for them with a very close watch kept on the anchor.
Around at Point Halswell, on the Northern end of the Miramar Peninsula, I was a bit disappointed. Despite its seemingly more exposed position the wind and the waves were not as fierce as the were over on Evans Bay.
The wind seems to be abating as I write.