WQW July 27: Sunshine or Winter – which would you choose?

“In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.” – Yoda

Alas it is  a dark mid-winter here in New Zealand. We have had precious little sunshine over recent weeks.  Lightning and thunder, with a lot of wind and excessive rain have once again led to flooding and road damage throughout the country.  

So far, we haven’t had the same road damage here as we endured in July last year- yet. However as I write, the rain is thunderous, the tv has rain fade and the internet is down. Not looking too encouraging just now. I tend to hold my breath whenever it rains this heavily since that devastating storm especially as the roads are still not completely repaired.

Oh how I long to feel the warmth of the sun on my face if only for a short while.

“Think about the days alive with sunshine, not the dismal days of rain”   – Robert E Farley

Life is unpredictably sad  and dull yet suddenly there is an unexpected surprise to bring some light back into life.  A little bit of early morning sunshine, before torrential rain erased the blue sky. Then just  in the  last moments of daylight, the cloud lifted and this sunset glow appeared. 

That must be why I so often look to the skies for inspiration and peace. 

Last night I sat out under a rare, clear sky in the hope of seeing the annual meteor showers. I spotted 8 or 9 meteors but only captured one very faint meteor streak under the Milky Way in camera.  There was a new moon so the sky was dark – well it was once the house lights were turned off. As I sat in the descending dew on the muddy lawn, I practiced using my intervalometer so I could trigger the camera shutter at predetermined intervals.  

I wished (upon a star) that my newly purchased astro wide lens had already arrived in the rural post. 

Hopefully it will arrive early next week.  The weather will clear and once again I will go out to seek the  moon, the stars and the meteors. Maybe even a sunlit landscape or two.

Can you see the very faint meteor under the Milky Way?

“Even when the clouds grow thick, the sun still pours its light earthward”  Mark Nepo

Winter is also the best season for Aurora spotting, and yet whenever there is a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) or a solar flare earthbound, so too do the fog and storm clouds prevail. This is quite frustrating for the aurora-chasers amongst us. The only choice instead is to look for rainbows and hope for a brief break in the clouds.

And ask ourselves.. what is more beautiful?

Tell me what is more beautiful.


One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter”  Henry David Thoreau

And so I will resort to a previous summer photo and use my sunshine smiley flag to help the world smile again. I took this for the World Wide Minute challenge a couple of years back.

The world smiles with you – World Wide Minute 2020

And always remember:

“Bring sunshine into the place you enter”        – Latika Teotia

Ans now I feel brighter and better. Amazing what a bit of sunshine does for the mood.

SundayStills – Fog and Clouds of Aotearoa – the Land of the Long White Cloud

I love clouds. I once tried a project of photographing clouds every day for a month. I was a little concerned there might be some cloudless days but I was  in luck – or maybe I just chose a cloudy month.  Or is it because I live in New Zealand/Aotearoa – the land of the long white cloud?

It is so intriguing gazing at atmospheric skies. Clouds are a never-ending source of fascination.

Here is a selection of foggy sunrises , misty clouds with fringes of sunlight and a couple of lucky rainbows just because. Did I mention I love rainbows too?

6. I hope you find your magic

Rainbow unicorn <a href=”https://www.freepik.com/vectors/animal“>Animal vector created by freepik –

Elle took her pony on a ride in the forest.  It was leafy green with dappled shade. The path they followed led them deep into a dusky glen.  As they entered the quiet place, one by one little fairy lights began to glow.

She gazed in wonder at the fairy rainbow lights glistening through the trees. The lights sparkled and twinkled all around. Elle had never seen such  a beautiful  place. 

Her pony stood quietly as the lights twirled and surrounded her. For a moment it seemed the pony was translucent and glowing.  Something strange yet wonderful was happening. 

Elle gasped with delight.  Where once her pony had stood, there now pranced a rainbow unicorn. 

She had found her magic. 

This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.\https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2020/09/01/september-writing-prompts

Day 19. Niceties don’t bring rainbows

Niceties don’t bring rainbows
But atmospheric conditions do.
What does it take to make a rainbow?

Sunbeams and raindrops
Sprinkled amongst the storm clouds
Seek the pot of gold
 Search out the rainbows 
And climb over the sky bridge
Find that pot of gold.

Which might be quite nice!

This is is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, July Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’