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New Zealand: Last morning in the country

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Hauraki Gulf at Sunrise from Little Manly Beach 8369

On February 27th I got up early and walked the few blocks down to Little Manly Beach, where I photographed the sun rising over the Hauraki Gulf.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 17, 2015 at 5:23 AM

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  1. I like the subtle back-lit outline of the clouds over the mountains.

    Steve Gingold

    July 17, 2015 at 5:33 AM

  2. What an incomparable gift the world gave you on that last morning. I’ve never seen such a sunrise. I’m glad you did — it’s as beautiful and unique as the country itself.


    July 17, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    • In Austin I rarely make the effort to get up and go out early enough to appreciate a sunrise, but I’m sure glad I did on my last morning in New Zealand. It’s something I’ll never forget.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 17, 2015 at 8:47 AM

  3. What a remarkable image. I love the feeling of depth and the layers throughout.

    Birder's Journey

    July 17, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    • You make a good point: the image is vertical but it’s made up of many horizontal layers of varying texture and color. I’m happy to have taken the picture.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 17, 2015 at 2:59 PM

  4. Have thoroughly enjoyed your NZ travel series as it has brought back many pleasant memories. Spent several weeks there many years ago, and my host lived about 20 minutes from the beach at Mount Maunganui.

    New Zealand has a magic all its own—–thank you for recasting the spell.

    Esther Wilson

    July 17, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    • I never took a course on spellcasting, but from what you’ve said I’m doing a good job in the spells department anyway.

      Given that your New Zealand trip was many years ago, maybe these pictures will prompt you to go back for a second visit.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 17, 2015 at 3:05 PM

  5. Really nice sunrise. I was up early taking photos of our sunrise this morning. A sign of bad weather – we are expecting some snow around us today. It is cold enough

    Raewyn's Photos

    July 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM

  6. Stunning! It’s always worth getting up early for those shots!


    July 17, 2015 at 5:56 PM

  7. A fine and fitting farewell. It’s magic to be on a beach at sunrise, and it’s a long time since I had (or, rather, made) the chance. Must rectify that soon!


    July 17, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    • You’re in the land of great beaches, but the dead of winter isn’t the most comfortable time to watch a sunrise on one. Nebraska’s a lot warmer now, but the last time it had a seacoast was geological ages ago.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 18, 2015 at 8:46 AM

  8. What a spectacular farewell.


    July 18, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    • I was so glad I finally made it down to that beach with my camera the afternoon before and then again that last morning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 18, 2015 at 8:48 AM

  9. […] last morning in New Zealand before having to head to the airport around noon, I walked back down to the beach at dawn and picked up where I’d left off. Here you see the chaos of little shells and rocks I found […]

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