Chasing twilight in Hagley Park: Christchurch, New Zealand 2



This was the 28th post (Day 28) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.


29th July 2014 – Christchurch, New Zealand

Light has found a long-lost friend,
And the shadows now face their foe.
In the ruins and rubble of Christchurch,
I found the golden hour, ending my woe. 
Christchurch sunset

Chasing the light in Christchurch, New Zealand

To make this project easier, sometimes I resort to taking pictures at the beautiful hours. One of which is the sunrise, which explains why I have been waking up so early at times. The other is the golden hour, the twilight zone, which transforms even ordinary places into an amazing palette of colours. But apart from Vanuatu, I haven’t had much luck in my other places, always missing out the magic hour, or sometimes, not finding an interesting subject.



Further reading: Another place where I encountered amazing twilight shots is from Vanuatu!!


Christchurch seems to have filled that void. A walk through the city, had me taking so many pictures of the different construction sites across the city. The recent earthquake – 2011, I believe – has left pretty much the whole city in reconstruction mode. It wasn’t so comforting to see my own hostel, YMCA Christchurch, undergo reconstruction. I will have to count sheep tonight to sleep. That can be quite daunting in New Zealand, where there are actually more sheep than people.

By the time, I reached Hagley park, the light was fading, and I had pretty much decided to choose one of the building reconstruction photos, as the ‘pic of the day’.

At that very moment, an angel walked past me. No, he actually cycled.




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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.


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