While we were on the hard in Whangarei I got the rare opportunity to capture Starry Horizons with a starry backdrop. When she’s in the water, she moves too much for the long exposure needed to bring out the stars. But, while on the hard, she’s still enough to get the 30 second exposure I used for these shots.
Taking the picture with her in the foreground is tricky. I ran a spotlight over Starry Horizons while the pictures was being taken. It took me many, many tries (at one minute each!) to get the shots that I liked, and these are still far from perfect. It’s not as good as David’s Dominica photo, but I enjoyed the challenge, and who knows when we will get a starry night on the hard again.
We will have a post (or two) in the near future about projects in Whangarei. The fun-to-suck ratio was heavily more on the suck side, but we did have some fun catching up with friends. Blue Summit and Three Sixty Blue were both in Norsand with us, so we got to see them. We made plenty of new friends in Whangarei like Pied a Mer and Whistler. Our friends on Gypsy Heart, Sandy and Rankin, sold their boat! We were just in time to say hello and goodbye and wish them good luck on their next adventure. The cruisers in Whanagrei get together every Tuesday for happy hour at the Love Mussel, taking over the second floor. We only got to attend twice while we were there, but it sure was fun!
Once we had a window, we moved north up to the Bay of Islands. We’ve got guests coming, and plenty of hiking to do!