05 May 2011

Autumn sky, Pohangina Valley

As I drove home yesterday evening, the sky grew more and more beautiful — not the garish, spectacular, saturated colours of the "postcard" sunset, but a restrained, refined sky; the kind of sky that hints at age and the unknown. Eventually, about five kilometres from home, I had to stop and try to photograph it.

The Whanahuia range on the left, the Ngamoko on the right; both part of the Ruahine complex.

[4 May 2011, Panasonic Lumix GH1, 14–45 mm at 45 mm, ISO 200, 1/43 at f7.1]

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Zhoen said...

Sky blue pink.

Funny, like dawn and dusk, autumn and spring can be difficult to distinguish at certain liminal moments.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, visually, the similarity can be striking in a place like New Zealand where only one of the native tree species is deciduous. On the other hand, autumn often has a particular smell that identifies it as very different from spring (to me at least).

Lesley said...

Yes, in spring the air is sweet and heady, like new wine; in autumn it has a spicy tang - where I live, anyway. (It's probably due to all the exotics: perfumed shrubs in spring, and chrysanthemums and fallen leaves in autumn.)

pohanginapete said...

Lesley, those smells are pretty much the same here — autumn richer, with more weight to it than the freshness of spring.