Photo Essay: Northern Territory, Australia

How could I ever squeeze the words “freezing”, “dry”, “red”, “traditional”, “heat”, “crocodile”, “billabong”, “blue” and “bushfire” into one photo essay description without writing a novel? You’re right, I can’t. So let me just briefly discuss some weather phenomenons of the Northern Territory, which create a huge natural variety and diversity on the 1,800 kilometres between Australia’s tropical North and the continent’s arid centre.

During our first week in the Red Centre — around Alice Springs — we didn’t see a single cloud. Unfortunately, that clear blue sky over the desert didn’t offer much protection when temperatures dropped from comfortable 20°C over the day to uncomfortable 0°C at night. Camping fun!

That said, taking the plane to Darwin to spend our second week in the Northern Territory’s tropical North sounded like the greatest thing since sliced bread. Due to the wet season, when tropical cyclones and monsoons reign the northern top end, the Darwin region gets 9 times more rain each year than the central desert. While it didn’t rain during our stay (July = dry season), we got to see some clouds up north; and we were finally back to comfortable camping temperatures at night.

Let’s have a look at how these weather differences influence(d) the land, nature and animals of the Northern Territory.

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Photo Essay: Tongariro, Middle-earth

Are you as excited about the latest The Hobbit trailer as I am? Five weeks from today I will sit in one of those wide and comfy cinema armchairs, glued to the screen, absorbing Peter Jackson’s latest visual tricks like a sponge, while marvelling at the Trilogy’s sceneries.

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Mt. Ngauruhoe aka Mt. Doom, in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Best thing about it: I have been there! Most outdoor scenes have been filmed in New Zealand, just like most scenes for The Lord of the Rings. New Zealand is officially Middle-earth; and Mt. Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park is the most popular location among orcs fans, as they can attempt to climb “Mt. Doom” and conquer Mordor.

One does not simply walk into Mordor? Oh well, I must have gotten lucky the last 6 times I visited. Yes — visited. I looked and behaved like a tourist in Mordor, and of course I captured it on film (in the form of a 16 GB memory card).

On a foggy day, the region is indeed all about doom and gloom (like in the movies). But on all other days, Tongariro is one surprisingly colourful place to discover. I have been lucky enough to visit the region during all 4 seasons. Each season is unique and totally worth it. But let’s allow some photos to talk for themselves.

Who else is looking forward to rediscover New Zealand in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

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You Don’t Want To See Milford Sound Under The Sun

…at least I think so when looking at the photos from my last trip there (June 2014)!

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A Smile Of Nature

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Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!
~C. JoyBell C.

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):
Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 100, F22, 1 sec., no filter, no flash.

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One Year Weather Photography Over Rangitoto

Exactly one year ago, while updating my blog post “Sunrise Over Rangitoto”, I decided to keep on photographing the weather phenomenons over that volcanic island near Auckland – always from the same viewpoint. As of today, I created 37 panoramas over the past 12 months, all depicting some typical moments of a city by the sea. I uploaded them

  • as a collage with all photos in chronological order: photo 1 was taken in March 2013; the last photo in March 2014 (please click the collage to enlarge it)
  • as a gallery to browse all captures by theme: sunrise, cloudy, foggy, rainy, cloud free (please scroll past the collage for the gallery view)
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Weather over Rangitoto, Auckland, New Zealand (March 2013 – March 2014)

Click any photo below to open the gallery mode. Then browse by using the arrows to the right or left.

More Weather Photography!

Photo Challenge: Reflections

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Sunrise over Auckland’s Westhaven Marina

It’s been a while since my last submission for the Weekly Photo Challenge on WordPress. But when I read through this week’s topic announcement – Reflections – Ben’s words caught my attention:

Reflection is an important part of growing as a person, and we each find the perfect moments in different places, people or things. […] For me, those moments most often present themselves in the beauty of a landscape […].

Yep, I thought. I couldn’t agree more! Perfect timing to post a photo of today’s sunrise over Auckland’s Westhaven Marina.

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Sun Halo over Oz

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Sun Halo as seen on Phillip Island on the 25th of December 2013

During a walk at The Nobbies on Phillip Island in the South of Australia I was treated to a rare phenomenon that had people turning their heads to the sky: a Sun Halo.

The light refraction causing this optical phenomenon happens due to ice crystals in a thin veil of cirrostratus clouds high in the atmosphere (as opposed to low level raindrops which create rainbows when interacting with sunlight).

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Sun Halo, birds and light flare as seen on Phillip Island on the 25th of December 2013

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