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New Zealand, Take Two

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On February 5th we drove the two-and-a-half hours from Austin to Houston and caught a non-stop Air New Zealand flight to Auckland. After landing on the morning of February 7th, we picked up a rental car that I ended up driving an exhausting 7343 km (4563 miles) before turning it back in on March 9th. Over the next however many posts you’ll see photographs from our second New Zealand visit, mixed in with views of what’s happening in springtime Texas and perhaps even a few holdovers from the great Southwest trip last fall.

The first place in New Zealand where I stopped to take pictures on February 7th was the Uretiti Beach Campsite in Waipu, where I looked eastward at the aquamarine water of Bream Bay and Taranga Island rising out of it.

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March 13, 2017 at 4:58 AM

Dark clouds over mesa

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On October 23rd of 2016, after I photographed red leaves among black trunks and leafless aspen trees and some other things, we drove back down Kolob Terrace Road to the town of Virgin and headed west on Utah Highway 9. Before long I stopped to photograph this mesa with dark clouds.

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March 8, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park landscape with clouds

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Southern Utah; October 23, 2016.

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February 13, 2017 at 4:50 AM

Clouds hanging low

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Look how the clouds hung low over the mountains at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area outside Las Vegas on October 25, 2016.

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February 8, 2017 at 5:11 AM

Above and below at Morro Bay

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The wispy clouds above Morro Rock in California on the morning of November 4th, 2016, appealed to me.

At the same time, down below, I saw what I take to be a western gull, Larus occidentalis.

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January 30, 2017 at 5:04 AM

Eight minutes later

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During my 2014 trip to Arizona I encountered two fasciated saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea). The 2016 trip led me to just one. I found it at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on November 7th, eight minutes after I’d photographed the copper ore you saw last time. Rising at the left are the branches of an ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens).

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January 22, 2017 at 4:49 AM

Layered clouds over undulating mountains

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Hueco Tanks State Park, El Paso County, Texas; November 9, 2016.

They know how to do clouds out there.

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January 18, 2017 at 4:54 AM

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