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Tropical Cyclone

Tropical Cyclone
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-30
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-30 3:07
Viewed: 4521
Points: 16
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Cyclone After-Effects

I was on holiday last weekend “up north” of New Zealand. And what an exciting time was in store for us. A Tropical Cyclone kept us firmly ensconced in our apartment building for 36 hours.

The wild weather had local authorities and emergency workers on red alert across the top of the North Island with residents being advised to stay indoors and stock up on food, water and batteries.

There were serious concerns for widespread flooding, and wind damage as this depression - as large as the Tasman Sea - spread over New Zealand.

After the cyclone passed we decided to stay on for a while- until we heard of the expected arrival of a second violent storm in less than a week. So we came home yesterday – and just in time. If we had left it a day longer we would not have been able to make it home again for another couple of days.

The second storm was not intense as last Saturday's cyclone but was much larger. It caused havoc for motorists, with slips and flooding closing many roads and police warning against unnecessary travel.
Farmers were urged to move stock to higher ground as rivers and streams overflowed their banks.

We had a very rough night last night but today we only had wind and showers – and rough and dirty seas. This afternoon it was quite calm, as the passing storm had moved down further south.

This photo was taken this afternoon at the beach where I live. I took my 4 year old grandson, Caleb, over there and took many photos. Here are some real ‘dirty’ waves. The sea is quite brown with the streams and rivers dumping brown muddy water onto the beaches.

Right now, the wind is blowing strongly again – I think it’s sounding as bad as it did last night early in the morning – so, is this a third storm arriving????

As Bob has said I am showing 2 waves colliding. The peak comes from the first wave hitting the cliff and then rolling back onto the next incoming wave. I stood there trying to catch that 'hit'.

And Caleb and I had a lot of fun watching the waves all rolling in

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-30 5:53]

Hello Janice,
I really hope that the weather soon calms down and how sad that you had to break up early from you holiday! This is a fine composition showing the rough muddy waves hitting the beaach. Very nice light and colours and I like the mountain in the far distance,
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Janice,

The sea allways has a fascination for us humans and you have captured it well with good composition and mood. Hope you folk do not have any more damage there.


This was a good time for photographers I can see...The swells are not as large as some of the 25 footers I have seen, but the waves sure are dynamic and caught well in science. What you have is actually two waves colliding..one back and the other in...and if they do not meet peak to peak, they will not nullify. this gives good opportunity to capture droplets and such...harsh on the gear if not well protected however...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-30 8:44]

Hello Janice!

Dangerous but beautifull. We haven't got tropical cyclones ofcourse, but sometimes our Baltic Sea is very dangerous. Similiar 'dirty' waves are full of amber in some places along Polish coast. I like diagonal composition with white foam and distant mountains on horizon. Grim grey colours are very suitable for your notes. 36 hours in room sounds not very good. I hope weather will be better soon, my friend!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-31 3:46]

Hello Janice,
A great bit of timing to catch these two colliding rollers and set it in such a fine composition with the mountain on the horizon. It looks like we're all in for more extremes of weather with global warming. I hope our grandchildren can cope with what is to come!
Thanks for sharing this bit of drama,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-31 5:18]

Hello janice, Good shot and use of superb speed. Excellent seashore shot and good composition. Thank you for sharing this beauty. Ganesh

Hi Janice,
It must be very frightening to be in a tropical cyclone... I'm not comfortable with thunderstorms (especially while camping in the middle of a forest) so I can imagine how I would feel in a tropical cyclone! This picture is very impressive, beautiful and well done. I really like this movement captured, we feel the strength of the elements. Thanks and take care :)

Hi Janice!

You caught that hit very well! It's a simple, yet very pleasant and powerful picture. I try to go to the sea once a year mainly because I need to see and feel the waves. They are so captivating and impressive, like yours. Maybe I'm also interested in everything that is ephemeral... that means in everything concerning our nature...

Kind regards


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