Starry Skies at Breakers


Starry, starry night.
Paint your palette blue and grey,
Look out on a summer’s day,
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.

stars come out at Breakers after Sunset

Shadows on the hills,
Sketch the trees and the daffodils,
Catch the breeze and the winter chills,
In colors on the snowy linen land.

milky way towards Mt George from Breakers

Thanks Don McLean for those great lyrics.  We had friends visiting from Sydney Australia recently and they were blown away with our night sky.

We are so blessed with our sunsets we forget about our night skies – something we tend to take for granted.  With no light pollution it is a great opportunity to view the milky way and starry skies in all her glory.

milky way from Breakers

Chris from Anderscape Photography even managed to capture a shooting star.  While here Chris was trying to talk Stephen into getting into astronomy photography – he was green with envy that we have this right here.

For most of these photos Chris had the camera upstairs and set on automatic – so we could continue downstairs with our socializing – very important part of having friends to visit don’t you think!

milky way over Tasman Sea from Breakers

It was amazing to see through these photos how the night sky moves – the milky way starting out straight up above us and finishing out over the Tasman Sea.  I love this shot as you can just see the lights from a fishing boat out on the horizon – how lucky are they to have this sky every night……. no wait……. how lucky are we!

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  Breakers is rated #1 on Tripadvisor for properties in the area.  Chris from Anderscape Photography in Sydney, Australia was kind enough to share these photos with us.

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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7 Responses to Starry Skies at Breakers

  1. bulldog says:

    Yes how lucky you are… one of the things I most enjoy about visiting my son in the Kalahari is the stars that are to be seen… here in the city there is just too much light…
    Whilst there this last time we got into a discussion on the International Space Station, a little research showed it to be the third brightest light in the sky when you know where to look and how long it’s going to be in sight… we found the NASA site that gives the times and positions that it will appear, and they are spot on… to see it tracking across the sky at the speed it does is fantastic… when we got back to the city I had a look to see the where and when for our new position and even with the city lights it’s visible…

    • coastingnz says:

      I was pretty good at my night sky – knew my consellations etc when I lived in Queenstown. I even have a kick A telescope but then when moving here I’ve got so busy with our guests and the evenings come along I just crash out so it was nice to have our friends here to remind us of what we have.

  2. anderscape says:

    Thanks for the great post! The second I looked up I just had to grab the camera. Such a great location to shoot because it’s so open and clear. I would love to return one day and shoot a series of time-lapse videos.

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks for the great photos! Look forward to your return visit – hopefully for a sunset time-lapse sequence too. Didn’t quite work on this trip – you’ll just have to come for longer 🙂

  3. scott2608 says:

    These photos are amazing and thanks for sharing!

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