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Sunday, October 3, 2010


This week's Photo of the Week was a runaway winner with more than double the views of any other Blue Lion Photo. I took this photo at just after dawn on the second to last day I was in New Zealand. We were in the beautifully quaint fishing village of Kaikoura on the NE coast of the South Island. We had visited the same site the morning before and I saw the potential for this shot as the sun rose over the jagged rocks at the shore, but I had missed the timing. Determined not to get skunked twice on the shot, we returned the following morning and were treated to a great predawn color show as the rising sun colored the clouds magnificently. Once the sun was partially above the horizon, I took my spot and waited for the magical moment when I could get capture the sunburst view you see here. amazingly enough, the sun remained in the critical position for less than a minute. Timing is indeed everything!

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Photos by Patton said...

Beautiful image John!

John S. Mead said...

Thanks Patton! Much appreciated!

LV said...

Truly an amazing shot.

Sylvia K said...

What a glorious way to start the day! An awesome capture, John! The colors are so dramatic and the rays of the sun! Breathtaking! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Easter!


Anonymous said...

What a glorious shot. Pure magic!

gtyyup said...

Well worth the effort...beautiful~

Regina said...

Amazing one!

Happy new week ahead.