Topic: Storm - 2007

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2007

18 January 2007  

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On Pilot Point, looking south over the Tonga River towards the Three Sisters Beach.

The tide nor moon phases were not recorded.

The weather was fine with some insignificant wispy bits of cloud.  The sea state was reasonable.

 

I had particularly gone up for an evening shoot of COMET McNAUGHT.  This past week, Comet McNaught flew into our skies.  I thought that I might get a decent photo of it above Mt Egmont.  And where better than from the picture postcard viewpoint at Pilot Point at Tongaporutu.  Some of the images taken later in the evening were not sharp.  I did get two nice early evening shots, one vertical and one horizontal of the Sisters, Whitecliffs and Mt Egmont – the comet wasn’t visible at this stage.  Due to haze from the Australian bush fires, atmospheric conditions weren’t crystal clear.

 

 

23 June 2007  

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On Pilot Point looking over the Tonga River towards the Three Sisters Beach.

The MacKenzies Picnic Table Overlook, looking north along the Four Brothers Beach.

Gibbs’ Fishing Point looking north along the Four Brothers Beach.

 

A 2.7m high tide was due at 4.06 pm.  Half full moon.

Despite the low high tide of 2.7m, a ferocious series of westerly fronts had dug up huge seas of 6 metres.  Heavy showers and screaming winds had pummelled the region for several days.  The main waves were breaking far out to sea while the inner wash zone was a fury of white water.  Today there were scudding dark clouds combined with a wet blue sky and extensive salt spray.

 

 

15 July 2007  

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The Three Sisters Beach.

The Point.

The Four Brothers Beach.

A 0.5m low tide was due at 4.30 pm.  Almost new moon.

The breeze, originally a gale, had been blowing from the south-east for some time.  The sky was clear as was Mt Egmont, but black cloud was present on the northern horizon with high, wispy cloud in-between.  The sea state was placid with small, clean waves and it continued to flatten off further as the day progressed.  The water was freezing cold.

 

 

5 August 2007  

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Te Kawau Pa.

Pilot Point Beach, specifically the dune area.

The MacKenzies Picnic Table Overlook, looking north along the Four Brothers Beach.

The MacKenzies Picnic Table Overlook, looking over Cathedral Cave.  (South).

Gibbs Fishing Point looking south along Beach One.

The Fledglings Overlook, looking north over the Fledglings.

The Fledglings Overlook, looking south over Beach One.

A 3.2m high tide was due at 2.22 pm.  A quarter after full moon.

 

Usually in winter I get the best weather for photography.  Not this year though.  This winter has seen a Niagara Falls of rain.  Today was no exception with bully boy showers, a stiff westerly and an amped up sea.

 

 

12 September 2007  

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Beach One.

Beach Two.

A 0.5m low tide was due at 4.23 pm.  Just after new moon.

I had wanted to access Beach One for some time, but what with house renovations and crap weather, I have been unable to do so.  Today however, everything came together.  The weather had been dry for a while as in several days, the tide was right and most importantly, no wind!  Though there was no wind, there was wall to wall high, whitish grey cloud.  In a word, dullsville.  Though dull, this kind of weather was good for detailed cliff photography because there were no dark shadows.  The sea state was glassy and a tiny swell gently caressed the beach.

 

 

27 September 2007  

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Beach Two.

The MacKenzies Picnic Table Overlook, looking down on Horseshoe Cove on the Four Brothers Beach.  (No photos).

A 0.1m low tide was due at 3.59 pm.  Full moon.

The weather had been unusually calm for a reasonable length of time and mostly quite dry.  For the past couple of days however, there had been a stiff southerly that at times veered to the south east.  Today it was a sou,south-easterly.  The atmosphere was incredibly clear with blue sky and a quiet sea.

 

 

27 October 2007  

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The Gibbs’ top paddock, looking south towards Whitecliffs.

The Gibbs’ top paddock, looking north towards Twin Creeks and Beach Two.

Twin Creeks.

The Maori Pa promontory looking north along Beach Two.

The Maori Pa promontory looking south towards Twin Creeks and Whitecliffs.

A 0.1m low tide was due at 5.22 pm.  Full moon.

Due to the fine weather and very low tides, I planned to stay up at the Gibbs motel unit to document Twin Creeks and Te Kawau Pa over two days.

The weather was fine as in mostly blue sky with a south-easterly breeze.  The sea state was relatively calm.

 

28 October 2007  

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Te Kawau Pa.

A 0.2m low tide was due at 6.10 pm.  Just after full moon.

The weather was bright and clear and by the time I reached Te Kawau Pa I had developed a light induced migraine.  However, it was ‘workies’ and I still had to plug on.  Though the weather was fine, due to an onshore breeze today the atmosphere wasn’t as clear as yesterday.  The sea state was placid with small waves.

 

 

25 November 2007  

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Pilot Point Beach including the dune.

Rapanui South Beach.

On Pilot Point, looking south over the Tonga River towards the Three Sisters Beach.

A 0.2m low tide was due at 5.09 pm.  Full moon.

The weather was fine with a stiff south-westerly blowing.  Upon arrival at Pilot Point, I was struck by the extensive amount of salt spray in the atmosphere.  The salt haze was so dense you could barely see White Cliffs and only the snow covered peak of Mt Egmont was visible.  The sea state was moderate and the water was surprisingly warm.

23 December 2007  

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The Three Sisters Beach.

The Point.

The Four Brothers Beach.

A 0.5m low tide was due at 4.07 pm.  Nearly full moon.

The day was fine as in some high cloud with virtually no wind, apart from a slight northerly.  It had been calm for some time.  Down at the beach it was warm and there was no swell at all, just tidily wavelets.  It was rare for there to be no swell whatsoever.  It was like being on an East Coast beach.

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