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We were extremely lucky when cyclone Wilma slid down the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand on Friday 28th January.
We were cut off for twenty four hours from the rest of the country by floods and slips but we can now use minor roads to travel north or south.

The photograph is of the Haruru Falls area of Paihia – the usual rather placid Waitangi River was in full flood, inundating properties down river from this photograph and wrecking one of the boats moored at the mouth of the Waitangi River where I was taking picture two days ago but compared with the rest of the world, ours was a storm in a teacup !

4 shot HDR and tonemapped in Photomatix.

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floods, waitangi river, paihia, new zealand

Comments

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    What an incredible picture, Roy! They did show some newsreel on the TV today but nothing as ferocious as that. Glad to hear you were OK!

  • Thank you David. What fascinated me about this picture was the water was higher than I was, something I have never seen there before.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture. Careful of erosion, it also undermines what you stand on.

  • Thank you for your comments. My wife has been telling me I’m on shaky ground for years…lol !

    I do agree with you and was careful hanging onto said wife !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Suellen Cook
    Suellen Cookover 3 years ago

    wow, I took photos from a spot pretty much bang in the middle of this shot…..there was hardly any water then

  • So you have been there Suellen – thank you for your comments. I have always found it a bit tame

    until this storm. If you are ever over again try Rainbow Falls just out of Kerikeri, that would have been spectacular the other day especially taken from the bottom of the falls.

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Great perspective on this shot Roy, stunning capture, a wonderful series.

  • Many thanks Andrea – it was a spur of the moment decision to go – glad I did.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Jeez mate you’re having some nasty weather down that way, yourselves and Aus. Seems as if the whole world is taking it in turn to have a bit of weather.

  • Cheers Colin , like the man said ’ part of global warming!’

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Superb shot by the way!

  • Thanks Colin. By the way, my apologies as I accidentally deleted your comment from Wilma 2. If you would care to repost I will reply.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 3 years ago

    Incredible shot Roy – what a summer you have had ‘Down Under’!

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Yes, take your pick Bob ! Here you can be shaken up or flooded out but poor old Aussie has copped by far the worst with bush fires and floods. Thank you for the compliment.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Suellen Cook
    Suellen Cookover 3 years ago

    I will be back one day definitely, love NZ

  • If you want to see the Bay of Islands again just let us know. Anyway, Oz isn’t too bad, look at all the Kiwi’s living over your side of the ditch…Lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 3 years ago

    What an amazingly powerful scene Roy, well captured, sounds like you had a lucky escape really!

  • Thank you Shaun – We are lucky, our road is at the top of a hill but we are prone to slips.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Suellen Cook
    Suellen Cookover 3 years ago

    Kiwi’s don’t realise how lucky they are in my book, I’d live their tomorrow if there was a better employment situation (bit like Tassie)

  • Having been to all the places Brits usually settle in it was a toss up between Townsville and NZ. Seeing my future wife Heather was in NZ

    there wasn’t much of a choice. Admittedly this was in 1961 when jobs were plentiful in Kiwiland.

    – Roy Massicks

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