Eyes to the skies (still!) - spring weather watch

Spring is delivering its very changeable weather and the fierce equinoxial winds which are particularly tough on soft new plant growth.  People feel battered by the wind too, but at least we have a pleasurable way of trying to read the weather.  Looking to the sky we can see the drama of the ever-shifting clouds.

A long white lenticular cloud glowing over Wellington harbour tells us that there are fast winds in action.

And a golden halo hovers above a hill by Owhiro Bay on Wellington's south coast - a pink sunset and a promise of a fine day to come.  No matter how frustrating I find the weather at this time of year, I am energised quite simply by looking up to the spectacle of the sky.