Railing Near The Long Dog

Railing near Long Dog

This is an image from my series titled ‘from the Esplanade – 30 images in 30 days’. It wasn’t included in the initial series of images, however it’s an image that I wanted to give life too. This spot is at the Long Dog Cafe which is at the end of the Esplanade also the entrance to the Salt Water Pool which is currently closed for the winter. It’s also an amazingly stunning spot to start the day at.
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Skater Girl (Day 30 of 30)

When the whether changes and drops in Dunedin, it really changes. A few days ago the weather was warm and pleasant. Then, all of sudden a southwesterly change hit, the temperature dropped and the outlook for the rest of the week is left looking average. Not to be downhearted, today is number 30 of 30. My goal was to photograph and publish the Esplanade each day for 30 days. In real time it was probably more like 35 to 40 days however as they were my rules, I decided they were some what flexible.
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Shadows & Light

Hill Top Glow (Day 25 of 30)

Happy Thursday all. OK, so day 25 of 30 has been a bit overdue, by 6 days actually. I was covering rugby all weekend and then a few very long working days earlier in the week meant I didn’t get anywhere near the Esplanade or my blog. Fortunately, today was a little less manic and I was able to end the day watching the light disappear over the hills of Andersons Bay before the coast was cast into shadows.
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becoming fine??

Along the rail (Day 23 of 30)

I tried to time today’s images so I wasn’t shooting in the rain. However, the forecast for the next 3 days in Dunedin is outstanding for July! If the metservice is correct the temperature is going to soar to a whopping 13 degrees. Remembering at the beginning of the month it was 3 degrees in the middle of the day, 13 and fine sounds terrific to me. Hopefully the surf conditions pick up for a few aqua images as well.
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High Tide + Arvo Drift

Arvo Drift (Day 22 of 30)

The school holidays and high tide on the Esplanade mean one thing. Lots of wet kids! The sea spray that’s created from the waves hitting the sea wall is very impressive and it soaks the footpath and anything near by. Kids have great fun standing and waiting for the waves to it and then try and run out of the way (unsuccessfully) without getting wet.
Lots of holiday fun.
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Window Lights

Window Reflection (Day 21 of 30)

I was on the Esplanade at 8:00am today just before sunrise, as a wonderful glow was developing in the sky. It’s an interesting place in the mornings as somedays lots of people out walking in the chilly morning air. Then, there are days when the place is almost empty. Today seemed to be filled with dog walkers out and about as the morning sunrise bounced off the windows of the Esplanade Restaurant.
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Lady and the Dog

Lady and the Dog (Day 20 of 30)

This is part of an old boat ramp at one end of the Esplanade. It runs from the back of the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club and at one time use to run underneath the Esplanade and out into the ocean. In 2013, when sink holes appeared on the Esplanade the hold concrete ramp was deemed unsafe and so demolished. An alternative ramp was built at the northern end of the ocean wall near the poles.
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Just Another Bombtrack

Pastel Coloured Clouds (Day 19 of 30)

25 Steps (Day 18 of 30)

Today’s a double post filled with lots of random bits and pieces. Firstly, it’s a double post day as I didn’t get yesterday’s photo published. This was due to fact that I was covering some Grassroots rugby which you can see here if you’re interested https://tapebootsandbeer.com/.

Secondly, today’s image (Pastel Coloured Clouds, Day 19 of 30) I managed to get during a short period when all the low cloud lifted and a touch of colour appeared in the sky.

Thirdly, I was listening to Rage Against The Machine while out shooting on the beach this afternoon, which inspired today’s blog post title Just Another Bombtrack.

Fourthly, I hope everyone on the West Coast is ok. About 1000 have been evacuated and are unable to return to their homes in Westport after a weekend of heavy rain and rising river levels caused widespread flooding over there.

Moving Day

Coastal cloud (Day 17 of 30)

It’s Day 17 of my 30 day project which I’m calling from the Esplanade … 30 images in 30 days. The objective is really simple, take and publish a photography everyday from The Esplanade in St Clair, Dunedin for 30 days. Currently I’m on day 17 and what I’ve found over the first 17 days is that a central theme and idea I keep coming back to is space. I find myself looking at the space created between objects and how objects interplay with each other. In today’s image the shape and size of the clouds as they drift overhead drastically alter the whole image, as do the breaking waves.

On the Esplanade it’s self, Friday must be moving day as there were lots of bags and suitcases being taken from the surrounding hotels out to cars and vans. Hopefully there’s lots of new guests arriving to enjoy the sunshine.
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Walk, Walk, Fashion Baby

The Hy & Mum (Day 16 of 30)

I’m guessing Thursday must be power walking day on the Esplanade. This morning I saw two large groups of ladies power walking their way along the Esplanade and down the beach. One group even had their own music blasting away for inspiration. Just as they passed me Lady Gaga was telling them to “Walk, walk, fashion, baby, Work it, move that bitch crazy.” Then, as quickly as they had arrived, they disappeared off down the beach, into the sun, striding confidently and with purpose on the wet sand.
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Top Dog

Salt Water Reflection (Day 15 of 30)

The Dunedin Salt Water Pool is closed at the moment for the winter season. Currently it’s been invaded by sand and seaweed from the winter storms that have been hitting the coast recently, however come October when it reopens, it’ll be sparkling at a wonderful 28 degrees Celsius.

This morning I was following the light beyond point as the waves broke near the pool walls. Access to most of the pool area is blocked off however fortunately the owner and top dog at the Long Dog Cafe allowed me access beyond the barriers.
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Wave Dodging

Wall Light (Day 14 of 30)

It’s a stunning morning for walk along the sea wall today. A little chilly in the shade, but it is winter after all. I was doing just that this morning, only the tide was still going out so I was having to do some wave dodging to get the angle I wanted on this photo. The tide wasn’t out enough to safely stand on the rocks or beach so I was having to scramble back up the steps whenever a sizeable wave broke!
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Sunday Lunch

Sunday Lunch (Day 12 of 30)

My current project I’m calling From The Esplanade – 30 Images In 30 Days. The goal I’ve set myself is to photograph St Clair’s Esplanade every day for a month. Today’s photo is day 12 of 30. Although I’m only aiming for 1 photo a day, often I end up with extra images and so today I’ve posted a few extra images from the first 12 days that didn’t get published.

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i n b l a c k

Lone Pole  (Day 11 of 30)

Black and grey is a popular colour to be wearing on the Esplanade today. With the All Blacks in town to play Fiji tonight at Forsyth Barr Stadium, even the bitterly cold southerly wasn’t keeping groups away from the Esplanade to get a pretest meal. Personally, I was there to get a shot of what is left of the poles. There’s only four or five of them left these days however every time I see a photo of them it seems to be taken a dawn or dusk with a long exposure. I wanted to get a photo that was something a bit different and capture an alternative view of them.
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m e s s y

breaking wave  (Day 10 of 30)

The best way to sum things up today is messy. However, if you like a good synonym other words to describe the weather hitting the Esplanade could be chaotic or disheveled. The gales have been hitting the city all day, the rain got heavy this afternoon and there’s snow in the forecast tonight. It reminds me of the William Blake quote; “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”
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across the waves (Day 9 of 30)

There was definitely ice and snow somewhere this evening if the wind coming off the Esplanade is anything to go by. The wind had that bitter, ice cold feeling it that seems to cut right through you. The sun had just disappeared down below the hill, throwing the whole Esplanade into shade and with it a temperature drop down to around 6 or 7 degrees. Best stay somewhere warm I think!
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roundabout (Day 8 of 30)

A touch of very light drizzle started to fall as I was wandering around the Esplanade this evening. The smell of wood burning from a log fire somewhere near by filled the air, a few businesses shut for the day as the lights flicked out while a steady stream of people casually came and went from Salt Restaurant. All the while traffic headed home at the end of Tuesday.
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s t r a n g e d a y s

funky light (day 7 of 30)

There was a strange, funky light on the Esplanade this evening. At the same time last week it was 3.7 degrees, tonight it was a massive 18 degrees. That’s unheard of Dunedin in July and a whopping 15 degrees temperature shift. Venturing along the footpath there was a very ominous feeling in the air, almost as if something catastrophic was going to happen. I really wouldn’t have been surprised if the sky had opened up and a UFO had appeared. Maybe it was the calm before the storm? Strange days in indeed!
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t r a n q u i l

Hydro Open (day 6 of 30)

I spent a couple of hours enjoying the surrounds of the Esplanade over the weekend. By the time I reached the roundabout on the corner of Bedford Street and Forbury and Victoria Road there was already a tranquil feeling about the place. The one thing to be said for the area surrounding the Esplanade is that it’s a wonderful place to walk, no matter what the weather. There are options to walk the local streets that populate the community, you can explore two completely different beaches, take in the Esplanade on the water front or completely give up and treat yourself to a coffee and a tasty bite from one of the restaurants and bars. On this occasion I decided to make the most of seeing the ocean, still, calm and looking very tranquil, if not a tad cold.

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3.7° Feels Like 0°

With A Wind Chill Factor (day 5 of 30)

And so to Monday. I awoke at six o’clock in the morning to an extremely keen wind. Daybreak had arrived quickly and outside the wind sounded cold and looked worse! I decided to postponement my morning photowalk on the Esplanade till the afternoon in the hopes the weather might be a bit more tropical. Ten hours later I parked my car, stepped out on the footpath and carefully checked my trusty weather app. It read, currently 3.7° but feels Like 0°.

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down in the groove

Enjoy the Saturday swell (day 4 of 30)

There seemed a delightful stillness to Dunedin over the weekend. It was the kind of weather that was perfect for enjoying the outdoors. So, I went for a walk on both Saturday and Sunday mornings to see what the world was offering. I walked for some distance and eventually I end up at the Esplanade. There I found the restaurants and bars doing a brisk trade and a scattering of people strolling in their own time along various parts of waterfront. The busiest spot by far though were the steps to the beach which judging by the wet footprints had been frequented by many surfers already that day and judging by the car park, more were likely.

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moonrise over the pacific

Moonrise (day of 3 of 30)

I don’t often hear about people talking about Moonrise but, there it is, hanging a full 4 degrees above the horizontal line out in the Pacific Ocean. With today being a full moon I went in search of full moon myths and theories. What I discovered was that apparently the full moon makes you crazy, aliens inhabit the moon, the moon controls fertility, the moon is a hollow space craft, man never landed on the moon, the nazis had a base on the moon and my personal favourite, a rabbit dwells on the moon.

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with a light offshore

Off The Point (day 2 of 30)

I was watching people paddle out into the surf while taking this shot thinking that I had no idea what the surf conditions were like. In fact, if asked, I wouldn’t know where to start or what to say. I could describe what I saw easily enough, however it couldn’t be classified as an accurate report. Reflecting on this, I’ve decided to stick to the online forecasts which according to Magic Seaweed site for Thursday evening is a 5-7ft swell with a light offshore wind.
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