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  • ChrisW,

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    This one doesn't need any words, but I have to write something or my photo won't load. What shall I do?

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs,

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    Harakeke in the blue...

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Biobbs,

    Harakeke a surprise from Denmark - and surprisingly narrow upright blades - I wondered whether this might be a response to Danish winters.

    But then, aha! - I see evidence of a (SI) West Coast context for such a photo from a previous post of yours.
    Not Danish harakeke in the Danish blue ...

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Trawling the blue archives.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    West Coast again, harakeke and kahikatea and all. The blue sky amplified by reflection in the dark water of Lake Paringa.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs, in reply to ChrisW,

    But then, aha! - I see evidence of a (SI) West Coast context for such a photo from a previous post of yours.

    Oops, I'd forgotten that I'd posted that other photo. Not meaning to be repetitious. But I do love my harakeke. And my raupo. And all my other water plants. That particular harakeke is at Lake Tomarata, north of Auckland, and is some of the tallest I've ever seen, with those very soft and upright leaves.

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Biobbs,

    No need for an oops - and your photo certainly not repetitious (though far be it from me to suggest anything of the sort?)

    Good to know the site too. Do you know Kendrick Smithyman's poem 'Tomarata'? I've been to similar places perhaps in the North, but feel I know much about (Lake) Tomarata the place as itself as well as more broadly from this great poem. Actually going there is on the list too.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    From today

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Angel in the architecture?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JacksonP,

    Falling angel?!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

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    Proof the earth is round. 2 out of 3 boats below the horizon, and one on it, to prove it's not just an intervening wave. Maximum zoom, by hand. I expected this shot to be blurry, but the powerful light must have meant a really short shutter speed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    Lost in the dunes at dusk, south of Dunedin. The thistles were taller than me!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to BenWilson,

    Amazing shot. I wonder if we’re seeing a mirage, though?

    ETA: this sort of thing.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

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    I don't usually want so much sky, but it was really quite striking yesterday.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Lilith __,

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    You had me wondering for a second. All three are on exactly the same tack. But here's one taken from higher up about 45 mins earlier (ain't having a clock in your camera great!), of the same three sailboats, and it's clearer that they are all distinct vessels.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to BenWilson,

    You had me wondering for a second. All three are on exactly the same tack. But here’s one taken from higher up about 45 mins earlier (ain’t having a clock in your camera great!), of the same three sailboats, and it’s clearer that they are all distinct vessels.

    You will be viewing on a different angle to the air layers from higher up. I think the one on the right in the first image is clearly affected with an inverted mirage: the ropes below the sail are impossibly long. I'm puzzled by the middle one as it's so close to the boat on the left, but assume the same mechanism is distorting its appearance.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

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    And since this thread is supposed to be about the sky!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Lilith __,

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    OIC you're suggesting the inability to see the hulls might be exacerbated by miraging rather than that one boat is a mirage of the other.

    I'll give a crop for discussion. There was some miraging on the horizon that I can clearly see in other shots, so there's some truth in what you're saying. The rear sun-tent on the rightmost boat does seem stretched at the bottom, which is probably mirage, and that may have hidden some of the top edge of the hull. It does seem to have an unduly high boom. But the middle boat is all sails. They're stretched a bit, I think, but not enough to hide the entire hull, which is quite large (it was a much larger vessel than the other two, several kilometers further away). It was below the horizon, which is only about 5km away from me standing with my feet in the water.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    Blue sky with gannet.

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  • BenWilson,

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    Extremely high flying kite over Richmond Park (in January I think). Full zoom (24x). Very hard to know how high it was, but my guess is that it was several hundred meters up. The strings were completely invisible, and other people, when I told them where it was, took quite some time picking it out against the sky. It was straight above me, and I only saw it because I was lying on my back on the grass under a tree. Could not ascertain where the pilot was. I think it's one of those really big ones, a couple of meters across. A bit cheeky to fly it over a suburban area, but hey, I expect most people never saw it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to BenWilson,

    the middle boat is all sails. They’re stretched a bit, I think, but not enough to hide the entire hull, which is quite large (it was a much larger vessel than the other two, several kilometers further away). It was below the horizon, which is only about 5km away from me standing with my feet in the water.

    5km seems a pretty sort distance for you to be seeing the earth curve.

    The thing with mirages is that they usually work by stacking inverted and upright images, not by stretching. So I presume the boat with all sails and no hull has maybe more than one layer of mirage. Mirages, as here, can make portions of an object seem to disappear.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    California blue sky

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Bruce Buckman,

    Blue sky with gannet.

    looks quite unreal!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to BenWilson,

    Sorry Ben, I don't mean to be a pain about this, but I'm really fascinated. Would you care to send it off to Les and see what his thoughts are? I've found him very responsive to questions.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Blue sky thread? Summer thread? Blue sky thread?

    More California blue...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

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