Take It Away

The gale winds in Southland are legendary and Nigel’s advice is to keep your mouth shut – or inflate. Ha! The unrelenting gales shape trees into a permanent stoop, some have become well-known icons and a magnet for photographers.

Photos taken 17 Feb. Not famous (yet). Southland, New Zealand

Takeaway Bonsai

— photos by Nigel



Text by Liz ๐Ÿ™‚ photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

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    1. Nigel got a great shot with that one.. he’s told me since that the shutter on his camera is slow and that he’d just hoped to get the tree in the same frame – wonderful how it came out just right!

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    1. The south coast gets blown hard much of the time and it results in permanently bent trees and shrubs. You may have photos of bent trees like this in your archives?


        1. Nigel took the photos and it probably helps that he’s a big guy! There WAS a lot of wind but it may not have been as much as what you imagine.. the tree is permanently bent over because the wind is so constant. I admire his slick timing with the shutter re the car shot – I don’t think I could have pulled it off!

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      1. The north of Scotland can be like that – an old, rather rickety barn got blown down near my childhood home and another time my Dad got blown off his feet!

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          1. Yes, he was young (in his forties) and fit at the time….probably got taken by surprise by a gust. I used to ride a motorcycle up there and had to watch out for the gusts when coming out from the shelter of buildings – what fun!

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