Portraits of Wildflowers

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The day with two dawns

with 28 comments

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As Phileas Fogg found to his great relief (in the form of a gain rather than a loss of £20,000), and I merely as a curiosity, travelers crossing the International Date Line from west to east gain a calendar day. For me the most recent eastward crossing of the Line took place on February 27th, which I remember as the day with two dawns. You’ve already seen pictures taken during the first one, which I lived through at Little Manly Beach on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula north of Auckland. The second dawn, shown through the safety of an airplane window and the convenience of an iPhone camera, came to me over the Pacific Ocean as we approached the California coast.

Here then, after five installments, you’ve finally reached the last of the photographs you’ll see from the great and fondly remembered New Zealand venture of 2015. Any of you who’d like to take a stroll (or more properly scroll) back through all 70 (!) of the posts about New Zealand may click here.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 24, 2015 at 4:56 AM

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  1. That is a rare thing you saw.

    Jim in IA

    July 24, 2015 at 6:23 AM

  2. Thanks for a wonderful series, Steve.


    July 24, 2015 at 6:25 AM

  3. Une telle beauté est très rare Steve, cela a dû être un moment fabuleux.
    Bonne fin de semaine à toi.


    July 24, 2015 at 7:01 AM

  4. Thank you, Steve. I thoroughly enjoyed the natural wonders of New Zealand through your lens!

    Sammy D.

    July 24, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    • You’re welcome, Sammy. You can tell that I had a great time with New Zealand’s natural wonders.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 24, 2015 at 8:17 AM

  5. It was a wonderful “trip” Steve~ thanks for taking us along!


    July 24, 2015 at 8:37 AM

  6. Wonderful blog posts about New Zealand!


    July 24, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    • With such a scenic place, it wasn’t hard to rack up lots of photographs for lots of posts. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 24, 2015 at 1:45 PM

  7. I have really enjoyed seeing your view of my country. This is a great shot.

    Raewyn's Photos

    July 24, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    • I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this visual interpretation of New Zealand through the eyes of a foreigner. Tomorrow it’ll be back to Texas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 24, 2015 at 4:39 PM

  8. Spectacular photo. Thanks for sharing this experience.

    Birder's Journey

    July 24, 2015 at 3:33 PM

  9. I’m a little surprised by how sorry I am to see the New Zealand series end. I certainly have enjoyed it — no more considering Australia-and-New-Zealand as one big, undifferentiated lump!

    And thanks for that link to the whole series. it will be fun to look at the photos again in light of all I’ve learned through your postings. I still think a gallery show would be fabulous.


    July 24, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    • You’re right: although Australia and New Zealand are relatively close to each other in distance, the two places are quite different (and of course Australia is the size of the 48 United States, so it has huge internal differences within it).

      I’m sorry to see the series end too. I could have shown more, but I think 70 posts was plenty for a blog named Portraits of Wildflowers that focuses on nature in Texas.

      Your idea for a gallery show makes me wonder if the New Zealand embassy or any of its consulates in the United States might be interested in sponsoring such a show.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 24, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      • Bingo! I even found there was a consulate in Houston, but didn’t want to be pushy. 🙂


        July 24, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        • I’d already been planning to alert the New Zealand embassy and consulates once I’d completed my posts about their country. I didn’t know (and still don’t know) what that might lead to. I hadn’t thought about a physical exhibition, but it’s a good idea.

          Steve Schwartzman

          July 24, 2015 at 9:20 PM

  10. I’ve enjoyed it. The natural beauty of NZ is amazing, and it’s been nice to have the benefit of a gifted eye for it. Thanks for sharing.
    I recall the first time I crossed the date line. I was traveling on business. I left home the day before my anniversary and arrived in Australia on the day after it. It was like my anniversary never happened that year.


    July 25, 2015 at 3:55 AM

    • You’re welcome for the photographs, which naturally I enjoyed taking. Nature in new Zealand makes it easy to get good pictures.

      Someday you and your wife will have to fly in the other direction on the same date so that you can have two anniversaries that year and make up for the one you lost

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 25, 2015 at 6:53 AM

  11. How many people travel half way around the world to photograph the dawn twice?

    Steve Gingold

    July 26, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    • I don’t know the answer to your question, but I can tell you that that wasn’t my intention when I headed for New Zealand.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 26, 2015 at 5:11 PM

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