Rakaia Gorge

This is a view of the road into Rakaia Gorge, which leads into where that previous Planet Dust photo was taken.

It’s funny, there is a small town not far from here called WIND WHISTLE and for good reason. The West Coast gets pounded by Nor Westers, which dump all their rain on the West Coast and then dry warm gale-force winds blast through the back country and out on to the Canterbury Plains. As a kid I knew not to cause trouble during a Nor Wester as the dry conditions meant everyone has a short fuse!

But it also creates some beautiful cloud formations, know as the Nor West Arch….
This is an iPhone photo from back out on the plains:

 

 

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