I really appreciate the Maori name for New Zealand–Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud. Especially where I live! Southland skies are stunning!
We’re a rainy and blustery lot down here in Southland. Thankfully, the difficult weather doesn’t hang around for long. Copious precipitation and strong winds, interrupted by periods of sparkling sunshine, blow up from Antarctica and race over our Province, leaving incredible cloud formations, often looking like long tubes or ropes of white clouds.
National Geographic New Zealand says that New Zealand clouds mostly form from ice crystals rather than water droplets due to our latitude. This causes the intricate patterns. The clouds on their web pages are nice enough but are nothing like the ones created by our weather patterns here in Southland.
Watch my under 60 second timelapse below.
Today’s painting, titled “Southland Skies New River Estuary from the Stead Street Wharf II” comes framed and is for sale. You can see the painting below.