28 January 2015

A beautiful mistake

In Christchurch last week we visited Taylor's Mistake a couple of times and walked the track towards Scarborough. On the second visit we were treated to this beautiful evening light on Godley Head (the photograph is from the Scarborough track). I remember thinking as we left that this was a place I'd be happy to live.



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10 comments:

Avus said...

A beautiful "mistake", Pete. And you caught it just right with that flash of sunlight on the hillside which complements the surf in the foreground

gz said...

a picture that makes you sharply breathe in....and relax. Beautiful

pohanginapete said...

Avus, that light just begged to be photographed. Sometimes I have reservations about the compulsion to photograph, but I'm glad I have this one to reinforce the good memories, not just of this scene but of being there with my sister and older brother.

gz, the first time we visited, during the weekend and earlier in the day, the beach was swarming with people. Although still a lovely place, it lacked the tranquility of this evening.

Zhoen said...

Lovely. I keep thinking of Seward's Folly, also attached to some amazing geology.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, speaking of geology, I was surprised to see so little evidence here of the Christchurch earthquakes. I'd expected the cliffs, particularly on the Scarborough side of the bay, to have been badly damaged, but they appeared almost unchanged.

Lisa Emerson said...

For some reason, this picture made me remember a poem I learned as a child, which began - "the sea is a hungry dog, giant and grey....". A little fanciful, perhaps - but it was something to do with the shape of the cliff, placed heavily on the beach :-)

pohanginapete said...

Lisa, I love that line. I've seen seas like that, too, and they're thrilling but scary.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete,
I have a son named Taylor and have made many mistakes. This image just reminds me of the possibilities still there for my son. No mistake. Just revealing and beautiful.
Robb

pohanginapete said...

Kia ora Robb. It's easy to think of mistakes as something negative, but they help us learn. I've made many and wouldn't be the person I am without them.

Relatively Retiring said...

Yes, mistakes are the best possible learning tools. Would that all my mistakes were as beautiful as Taylor's.