Friday, January 29, 2010

Inspired, Refreshed and Home Again!

We're home again after a lovely break in Taranaki. The wedding was great, catching up with family was awesome and the scenery inspiring. Taranaki holds a very special place in my heart. It's not hard to see why...

The sun had nearly set on the day when I made a last minute decision to race up to the lookout point and take a few photos. The light was soft and subtle as the sun faded so I took the opportunity to shoot a few black and white photos.

The remains of an old wharf at the look out. In all there were 3 built here, the last being Totara and sheathed in copper but the Tasman Ocean proved to be too tough of a match. The rocky outcrop is an attempt to build a breakwater to protect the area. I love to stand on these cliffs, knowing that these cliffs are the very edge of NZ. The feeling is one of being invincable and vulnerable all at the same time.

A different day on the Opunake beach. The tide was a long way out and the sky heavily overcast. The photo below was actually shot in colour. There's something about steering out into the vast skyscape over an equally vast ocean on a day like this that makes you feel decluttered, rejuvinated....alive. Perhaps this is what infinity looks like?


In all I took 214 photos while we were away, I discovered a new sunflower field, visited the Opunake lake, learnt a lot about my camera and received a lovely gift of 3 new lenses. I am ready to roll!

7 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

weddings are always such a nice reason for a getaway!

neva gagliano said...

oh! great shots.....now, what kind of camera do you have?
just lost mine this week, a
canon A620 digital...want to upgrade just a bit, but not into over complex mode.

The Green Stone Woman said...

The tide goes out a long way here too, Lisa, but it can catch you unawares when it comes rushing back in. Great photographs. Reminds me to use my camera more often. I'm such a dullard.

Mick said...

These remind me of my own years spent at sea. There is surely something to be said about steering out into that vastness of ocean and sky. Often I'd stand on a weather deck, staring into empty voids much like these. How many troubled mariners, I often thought, chose to go to sea knowing that such vistas were conceptually, and in reality, a fresh start at life.

ArtPropelled said...

Oh how beautiful! I love photos showing a huge expanse of sea, sand and sky. Welcome back Lisa!

Debrina said...

Hi Lisa - so you're back! The last minute photos are magic! I love Taranaki and just don't get up there enough. It would of been quite a journey back home, I'm sure! Such a long way to travel. Well, you have reminded me to get back to Alicia's book and get cracking. As well as finish off the ICE works. No doubt you'll be concentrating on the same things once you get back into the swing of things?
Welcom home, anyway!

John M. Mora said...

lovely monochromes, like the bottom one best...glad you had a great trip, mum.