Blues in the environment are one of my favourite subjects for photography.
Jude reminds us when looking for blues this month that:
“Blue. A primary colour that we look upon almost every day. But don’t forget about the different hues which include indigo and ultramarine, cyan and the other blue-greens such as turquoise, teal, and aquamarine.
I did some blue sky thinking…and looking through my archives.
Blue Skies thinking:
The blue sky found its way onto the bonnet of my blue car.
A rainbow brightens up the blue sky.
And the clouds blew over to hide the blue skies.
Oceans and canals: A few different hues of blues
Then there are the glacial blues in the mountain lakes.
Lakes:The reflected skies in the lakes always transfix me with the beautiful blues.
Perhaps I will capture some different blues before the end of July.
Such happy travel memories of our Croatian trip.Plitvice lakes and Krka waterfalls – so many water-scapes and waterfalls. Walking alongside, walking across, around and above the waterfalls was a magical experience. Water, water everywhere.
“Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water.
And when we got to Krka we could swim close to the waterfalls. How lucky were we to have this experience when we visited in 2018.
2020 was the final year in which visitors to Krka National Park were able to swim in Skradinski Buk, the largest and most-popular water asset situated there. From January 2021, the practice of swimming in this section of the park has been banned.
“Krka National Park is situated along the Krka River in southern Croatia. It’s known for a series of 7 waterfalls. Skradinski buk is one of the most attractive parts of the park. It is a massive, clear, natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other. It is the lowest of the three sets of waterfalls formed along the Krka river. In an area 400 m in length and 100 m in width there are 17 waterfalls and the total difference in height between the first and the last falls is 47.7 m.
Where my Swedish family live in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Sweet memories of our most recent overseas trip in 2018 – who knows when we will return?
NZ landscapes A little closer to home – these images of the South Island of New Zealand are special to me as a ‘mainlander’. Taken over several road trips around the South Island in differing seasons, each has been a particular highlight.
Aoraki, Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo- the magical mountains and lakes of the Mackenzie region. Aoraki / Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Its height, as of 2014, is listed as 3,724 metres (12,218 feet). It lies in the Southern alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island.”
Hurunui Hinterland – we explored the Hurunui River from the source at Lake Sumner, a remote high country lake through the hinterland and Canterbury Plains to the Culverden basin and thence to the coastline of the Pacific.
“The Hurunui River is one of the most diverse braided rivers in Canterbury. It has two main branches, each with distinctive attributes originating east of the Main Divide in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Some 150km long, the total catchment area of the river is 2671 km2.”
My last image has to be an especially favourite landscape though – it is the point of light at the end of the beach where I live. No matter how far I’ve travelled, there is no landscape like the one I live in – at home.
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?