It was a very rainy day the last time I went up to stay at Miranda on the Firth of Thames, so I left later in the afternoon, when the sky was starting to clear. There were some lovely cloud formations over the Waikato dairy farmlands:
... but from the road looking east over the stilt ponds, it appears there is still rain falling over the Coromandel Range:
Can you see them? No, nor could we. But I just caught the movement of something bittern-coloured, so I know they were there!
We stood there for some time but to no avail. The view up the coast towards Kaiaua (K-eye-ah-wah) was soft and gentle:
I was most fascinated by the light effects on the 'waves' in the grass.
(Clicking on the images will show them up much better.)
Oh, and they have a new hide at Miranda now. Much bigger than the old one, which you can see on the far left.