Sonoran Lights at Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix, Arizona

Water-Towers in the Bruce Munro Sonoran Light at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona

Our latest adventure started in the USA in Phoenix Arizona with a visit to the Bruce Munro Sonoran Lights at the Desert Botanical Garden. Arriving after sunset, we experienced a surreal environment. The Desert Botanical Garden is the world’s only botanical garden with a mission focused solely on desert plants, and intermixed we found creative, colorful and artistic light displays. […]

Stardome Observatory: An Evening Under the Auckland Stars

Zeiss telescope at Stardome Observatory in Auckland New Zealand

It started out as a beautiful clear night, a perfect evening to visit the Stardome Observatory in Auckland. Normally I wouldn’t care about the weather when heading to a planetarium but Stardome Observatory is different. The planetarium show we selected was live and interactive, both the presenter and the audience asked questions of each other. Narrating, he took us […]

Mysterious Light Beam Over Rangitoto Island, New Zealand

Light beam over Rangitoto Island outside Auckland New Zealand seen on 31 Jan 2016

The mysterious light beam over Rangitoto Island this past weekend created quite a stir. An iconic landmark in the Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto Island can be seen from nearly every north and east facing Auckland shore, as well as the south facing beaches of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula where I live. The light beam over Rangitoto left many Auckland residents wondering […]

MOTAT Christmas Lights Raise Money For Auckland Children

Steam train at MOTAT's Christmas lights display in Auckland New Zealand

Celebrating the spirit of giving, MOTAT has strung up their Christmas lights, opened their gates, and raised money supporting Auckland Women’s Refuge and Starship Foundation. The event began a few weeks ago and goes until Christmas Eve, so there is still time to join the fun. All proceeds from the $2 entry fee will buy gifts for children. […]

Photos: Support for France seen in Sydney Australia

Sydney lights up the Opera House in Support of France

A moment of silence for the atrocities in Paris over the weekend, as seen in Sydney, Australia.   There are no words. This post is also linked to BeThere2Day for Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday, Our World Tuesdays, Wednesdays Around the World at Photographing New Zealand, and Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer.

Late Night Halloween on K-Road and Queen Street in Auckland

Even some of the shop keepers got into the late night Halloween spirit in Auckland, New Zealand

Last night was a real eye-opener for me. Late night Halloween in Auckland brought out the creativity that New Zealand is known for. Since immigrating here 12 years ago, I have been incorrectly referring to Halloween as a “children’s” holiday in New Zealand. I thought the MOTAT Olde Hallow’s Eve event last week was pretty […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots #34 – Night Sky

'Supermoon' by ©2015 Sarah E. Albom. Taken in Auckland, New Zealand of the September 2015 supermoon.

We live in a neighbourhood without a lot of artificial light, and on clear nights we can very clearly see the night sky above us. Astronomy has always interested me, and I love photos of the stars and the moon. I’ve taken quite a few photos of the night sky over the past year or […]

Photo: Moon Rise on a Cloudy New Zealand Night

Moon Rise over Shakespear Park in Auckland New Zealand

“Wow, look at the moon rise.” I grabbed a camera as I turned, just in time to see the top edge duck under the cloud cover. This time we were on the wrong side of the planet to see the eclipse, yet our super moon rise was still pretty spectacular. The sheep in Shakespear Park […]

Lightning Over Jbel Kissane, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Lightning over JaLightning over Jbel Kissane in the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Moroccobel Kissane in the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco

Before the rain pounded down on us we watched lightning strike just beyond Jbel Kissane, the tajine-shaped mountain in the distance. Jbel Kissane is one of five mountains that make up the Anti (or Lesser) Atlas Mountain range in south-eastern Morocco. The storm continued for hours, although it was nothing compared to the flash floods […]

Does the Auckland Sky Tower Look a Bit Like an Alien Ship?

Auckland Sky Tower lit up at night looks a bit like an alien ship flying over Auckland New Zealand

The rain was light but steady, eliminating my opportunity to take a photo looking up at the Auckland Sky Tower without the rain landing on my lens. I have often seen it lit up in colors from a distance, but I am infrequently walking in town at night. I waited for the shot as this […]

Meet Steve Winter – National Geographic Wildlife Photographer

Tigers in Bandhavgarh Natl Park India ©Steve Winter

Some of us do get to live out our dream. National Geographic Wildlife Photographer Steve Winter is one of those few. Aside from being an incredibly talented and patient photographer, Steve Winter is a nice guy.  Down to earth and friendly, he speaks with a passion and enthusiasm that beams through in the stories he […]

Find South with Stars: Things I Learned at Carter Observatory in Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand's largest refracting telescope is in Carter Observatory, Wellington, New Zealand

From the big bang to space exploration, Carter Observatory in Wellington took us through time with colorful exhibits. Sarah and I visited during our recent mother-daughter adventure. We went on Saturday night in hopes of seeing the  refracting telescope at work. We were tired after a morning Walk Wellington tour and a visit to the […]

Paronella Park at Night – Ruins of Spanish Castle in Australia

The castle ruins of Paronella Park, Queensland Australia lit up at night.

Visiting Paronella Park at night was like walking through a dream. The ruins of the old Spanish castle situated in the rainforest of tropical Queensland Australia are now covered in moss, yet the magic and romance that once dominated this fortress is still apparent. We visited several years ago, just before I started writing this blog. […]

Night Shots of Cities on Five Continents ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Night Shots of Moscow

Night lights bring out beautiful colors in a city.  As we traveled around the world I was often glad I carried a small tripod. In the past two years I have been lucky enough to visit five continents.  Here are some of my favorite night shots from each. Click on the image for more details. Asia […]

Memorial at Ground Zero in New York ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

The Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City

Our family visit to New York City was a mix of emotions.  For hubby, it was returning the city where he grew up, for me it was a first visit as a tourist having been only once before as a student mostly confined to a conference, and for the girls it was a new adventure.  […]

Photo: Auckland Sky Tower at Night

Auckland Sky Tower at Night

The Auckland Sky Tower at night is often seen lit up in different colors. Sometimes to celebrate a specific holiday, other times as a memorial. Today it was red. I don’t know why. The Sky Tower is the tallest free standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as being the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. […]

Celebrating with Auckland Lantern Festival Photos, Books and BBQ

Auckland Lantern Festival

Brightly colored festive lanterns fill Albert Park this weekend as the Auckland Lantern Festival offers interesting photo opportunities and another occasion to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  For me, it tops my weekly list for Viklit’s bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. I am really enjoying my new photography group I joined, this week shooting at […]

Drawing With Light – A Very Cool Night Photo Technique

drawing with light

Drawing with light was the final activity of the night photography workshop I took last week with Three Little Wishes Photography.  After learning how to capture the shot, our instructors did the drawing: They sure made it look easy.  Here’s what we learned: With the long exposure, we can set up the tripod shot and […]

Auckland: Dusk to Darkness – A Night Photography Workshop

night photography

Auckland is nicknamed the City of Sails for good reason. It’s estimated that one in four Aucklander’s have a boat. I am not sure if we really count, as we currently only have kayaks and a dinghy. (I race on a friend’s yacht.) Thursday night I took an amazing night photography workshop from Three Little […]

Celebrating the Night Lights of Auckland City

night lights of auckland

The night lights of Auckland, New Zealand: I took this shot yesterday at a wonderful night photography workshop in Auckland from Three Little Wishes. Standing on a bridge over the motorway, we could capture the moving cars with the Auckland city skyline in the background. This is the second excellent workshop I have taken with […]

Photo Highlights 2013 (New Zealand, Alaska, and More)

maori warrior

I thought I would end the year with my photo highlights 2013. All photos on this page ©Rhonda Albom 2013. All rights reserved. (Click on any photo for more information. Each photo on this page links to it’s original post.) Did I miss any of your favorite photo highlights 2013? Do you prefer the cityscapes, […]

Times Square For Less – We Love New York City!

times square

Times Square hotel check in: “You’re the funnest person I checked in all week, so I upgraded you to a corner room overlooking Times Square. I also gave you free internet for the duration of your stay.” And, just when I though this couldn’t get any better, he actually said, “Would you like complimentary breakfast?” […]

Night Photo of Sacre Coeur Against a Black Sky in Paris France

night photo of sacre coeur

I am almost embarrassed to admit that we had so much trouble finding Sacre Coeur.  After all it is on Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. Officially, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, but more commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris. Our […]

Heidelberg Castle and Luxembourg City in a Day

Luxembourg-L. City view from  Bock Promotory - 04

I am pretty well convinced that some of our best days are those that are unplanned, like today’s visit to Luxembourg. We started the day with a hike to Heidelberg Castle and then intended to head north to take a few hour cruise on the Rhine river. The views of the ruins of the Heidelberg castle nestled […]