Land of the long white cloud

Author: cc@quaintmelody  |  Category: photography, thoughts in pictures, truely kiwi

Afternoon Sky . Winter 2008 . by cc
Sky on a winter afternoon. click photo to enlarge.

Evening Sky . Winter 2008 . by cc
The panoramic view outside my window, on a beautiful winter evening. click photo to enlarge.

The Maori named New Zealand Aotearoa for a reason. It means ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’. Sky like this is a common scene all year round. With the cotton-candy-liked clouds hanging low and extending into the distance.

As you know it’s been one hell of a winter, with continuous rain and strong winds. Yesterday was surprisingly a pretty clear day.The above photos were taken then.

I marveled over the beautiful sky, looking forward to the good days to come.


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36 Responses to “Land of the long white cloud”

  1. day-dreamer Says:

    I like the first pic. 🙂

    CC: 🙂


  2. Jx Says:

    Great stuff you have here. Keep it up.
    I love the first one!

    CC: Thank you very much! 🙂


  3. MisSmall Says:

    Aww, you take great pictures! I especially love the one you called “Shadow in the Sun”. 🙂

    CC: Thanks MisSmall, I try. 🙂


  4. Relax Says:

    hey, do u still remember me? long time no see. Now I am out of blogg hiatus. see u around. I followed your twitter 🙂

    CC: Hello Relax, yes I do! Good to hear from you again. I haven’t been using twitter.


  5. Jemima Says:

    May you wish of good days ahead come true..regardless of the weather conditions. 😉

    CC: Thank you Jemima, I hope so. 🙂


  6. Jemima Says:



  7. iamthewitch Says:

    The pictures are wonderful! How I wish there is scenery like that back in Malaysia! Then I would have something to wake up to every morning! 🙂

    CC: I truly feel blessed. 🙂


  8. shionge Says:

    What a lovely sight and all I need is a good soothing music, good book and a drink 😀

    CC: Indeed! That’s what I’d do in a weekend. 🙂


  9. alice Says:

    Haha! I’ll name the first picture “Twin clouds!”

    CC: That’s creative! 🙂


  10. eiling Says:

    I marveled at the beautiful scenery outside your window too! Feels nice to just sit by the window and enjoy my cuppa while blogging with that type of picturesque view!

    CC: Thanks you! 🙂 A perfect winter day indeed.


  11. BaLQiZ Says:

    wow.. juz give me one day to lie on the grass with such clouds in the sky… bliss…

    CC: Yea, truly blissful! I won’t lie on the grass though, a clean freak. LOL


  12. phing Says:

    so beautiful 😉

    CC: It is, isn’t it! 🙂


  13. Neo Says:

    Beautiful sky!

    CC: It is mesmerizing!


  14. Che-Cheh Says:

    Lovely! Have a great day ya!

    CC: You too! 🙂


  15. My Bug Life Says:

    Loved the photos! Amazing 🙂

    CC: It’s an amazing scene to witness. I love the sky!


  16. Daryl Says:

    Hopefully after the awfully harsh winter, will make way for a beautiful spring & then a great summer! Pls keep up with the great pics.

    CC: I’m sure it will be! Thank you! 🙂


  17. seefei Says:

    nice shot. the foreground underexposed though!

    CC: Oh, if you mean the second one, it’s meant to be that way. Thanks for visiting. 🙂


  18. Amy Li Says:

    nice photos….

    CC: Thanks for dropping by, Amy!


  19. Hazel Says:

    the photo in ur blog is always so nice

    CC: I try. 🙂


  20. happysurfer Says:

    Beautiful fluffy clouds in the top picture. It’s pouring here in KL which is a good, no, a great thing – to clear the smog we are experiencing now.

    CC: That’s good to hear! I really miss the pouring rain, it doesn’t downpour like that over here.


  21. Yozoranitesky Says:

    My first time here.. and what beautiful photos you have here…lovely.

    CC: Hello! Thanks for visiting. 🙂


  22. EVo Says:

    It’s good to have u at my page again..will let u know asap when my new blog’s up!

    Do you have facebook btw? if u do can i add u?

    CC: Looking forward to that! I’ll email you about that later. Setting one up for my blog. 🙂


  23. Holankia Says:

    Nice composition. You’re really good at what you do. Keep it up 😀

    CC: Thanks for your kind words Holankia, I will! 🙂


  24. SimpleAlex Says:

    B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L =)

    CC: T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U =D


  25. doreen Says:

    Funny how our moods are so driven by the weather here eh? We been having gorgeous sunny days here for 2 days consecutively. Tomorrow is rain, rain and rain all the way to the weekend. (>_<)

    CC: Yes, our moods somehow are greatly affected by the weather! It’s raining again here! Had 2 days of sunshine, well, it’s good while it lasted. 🙂


  26. xin Says:

    the 2nd pic somehow reflects how i am feeling exactly now…

    CC: Aw… Hope you’re feeling ok! 🙂


  27. mistipurple Says:

    great place. great camera. great shots.

    CC: Thanks for dropping by! 😀


  28. Jeremy C Says:

    cc, you’ve done it again!

    i just fall in love with your pictures.

    i can look at them all day long…

    love them 🙂

    CC: Thanks for your constant encouragement Jeremy! I really appreciate it! 🙂


  29. cbenc12 Says:

    ur skill has indeed improved a lot! good job~

    CC: Thank you! I strive to do better! 🙂


  30. rimus Says:

    very amazing horizon………

    no slunting, very well balanced…

    I’ve been carried away oredi!!!

    CC: Thanks rimus! 🙂


  31. Center Parted Says:

    Dear CC, your pictures look so colourful and vibrant!! Lovely. Are you doing HDR or something to it? What’s the magic?

    CC: Thank you!
    No I haven’t done any HDR. Actually I haven’t done anything big to most of my photos, only add frame and watermark on photoshop. Slight adjustment on the brightness to save for web. That’s all. The only one that’s been mortified more so far is the picture of ‘Let’s talk about weather‘ to create the more dramatic look.

    I believe in originality in photos, therefore don’t want to edit them too much. What you see here is pretty much what I saw through the lens.
    But if you’re after that more vibrant effect for your photo, you can consider applying the velvia technique on photoshop. Check out the instruction here. Hope that helps!


  32. My Bug Life Says:

    NZ is an amazing country. I visited it in 1997.

    CC: I’m sure you had a great time! 🙂


  33. team.warsurfer Says:


    I love photos of clouds too!


    CC: Looking at the sky and the formations of clouds relaxes me. 🙂


  34. Penny Says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I don’t get many readers and so excited you came by 🙂 I lovvve your pictures and especially love these two w/ clouds! One day I’ll capture Pano 🙂

    CC: Thank you for dropping by! 🙂 Hope to see you around.


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