This month has found us driving up and down the top half of the South Island quite frequently to help our son move from Blenheim to Christchurch. Prior to the Kaikoura earthquake about 6 months ago this was quite a simple trip down the coast......now it's an eight hour drive across then down the middle of the island. There are talks of getting the road network through Kaikoura sorted out by the end of the year, I really hope for all the people in that area that they succeed.
As I sit here today with the sun pouring through the windows giving our solar powered batteries a much needed boost it seems difficult to believe that over the last few weeks the weather has been decidedly cloudy, wet and cold. To be fair it is winter, but, we are more used to lots of crisp and frosty days this time of year rather than cloud cover. Hopefully this is not a sign of how things are going to be in future years with the ever changing weather patterns the world is experiencing.
On the plus side the inclement weather has made for some dramatic skies which I love to be out with my camera in and certainly some of my favourite images from this month are due to the stormy skies. We've spent the second half of the month just south of Christchurch which has given me time to explore the hills around this area more regularly than I have before and they have certainly proven to be a lot more interesting than I had previously realised. We intend to be back through this area again in the summer so that we can really get out and walk which will give me time to think about images for different times of the year.
It's been a month for quiet reflection as I've spent a few evenings and mornings just watching light play on hills as it breaks through the clouds and hopefully the feeling of being at peace with the world has flowed through into my images.