The Calm Before The Storm
The Calm Before The Storm

This small jetty leads out over Lake Te Anau in New Zealand. I found this earlier in the day while doing some wildlife photography and made plans to return for the sunset. The sun sets rather late here (around 9:30pm) and we had rain forecast for 10pm so I was a little wary of heading out. This being NZ, the weather forecast always subject to sudden change! It was freezing cold by 8pm so I wrapped up warm in my wooly hat and waterproofs and walked a few km to the jetty. A little bit of setup and some test shots later, I was ready for the sunset…

We never really got a full sunset that night as these intense storm clouds started to roll in from all directions over the mountains. Despite the cold and rain, I resisted the urge to pack up my gear and crouched in the rain to capture the best shot I could. My endurance was rewarded when for the briefest of moments, the clouds parted and this golden glow shone through the mountains…

As I started to pack up my things, the rain got heavier and I luckily made it back to the hostel without getting too soaked. I was frozen though and needed a nice hot cup of tea to warm me up!

Published by Cat Burton

Cat Burton is a photographer inspired by the wild nature of Scotland. Passionate about animals, conservation and the environment, she's happiest when exploring the wilderness with her camera. From her studio in Perthshire, Scotland, she shares a daily photograph of adventures around the Scottish countryside. From landscapes and wildlife, to farm animals and lone trees. You can follow her adventures around Scotland here. From time to time she creates fine art photography which has been exhibited across the UK and is available as fine art prints here.

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