Driving home from Newcastle today I could see the strangest sky to the west. Highly textured and patterned, the high winds in the atmosphere had created almost radial criss-crossed lines around the setting sun. At one stage there was a sun dog to the north and another sun dog to the south. So I have to admit I was in a hurry to get home and get the camera. By the time I arrived at Nelson Bay Beach the textures were still there but the wind was blowing them hard and fast and blurring the lines across the night sky. I was a little disappointed. It was my first chance to try out the new camera (Sony Alpha 7R5) with the new wide angle lens (Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM) on some long exposure shots WITH a tripod (because even if I have something to lean on my hand is not steady enough). It was freezing but I stayed, hoping the sky would do something else. And just as it always does it surprised me. Deep deep blues, bright lights of Nelson Bay and smooth reflective surfaces showing off a thriving little nightlife even on a cold cold mid-winter's night.