I was in Auckland recently for work. I lived in New Zealand many years ago and have friends living there. It's very similar to home so it's a comfortable place to visit. My Australian accent gets picked out pretty quickly & there's always a little good natured banter between the two nations. But there is always a kindred spirit between the two, like brothers who look out for each other even though they fight a lot at home. Most New Zealand cities, to me anyway, are like large country towns. Auckland is the exception. It's got more of a big city feel. It reminds me of cities in Australia & North America. It's considered too flash by New Zealander's from other parts, but Aucklanders really don't care. I like that about Auckland.
My night off allowed me to head into the city on one of Aucklands few trains & head down to the harbour. Unfortunately it was raining. Unfortunately I didn't have a tripod. The sky was cloudy and the wind was blowing so there was a chance for some good shots at Viaduct Harbour across the city and Skytower but I'd have to be creative when it came to setting up. It was dark so handheld photos weren't going to be the go. So I had to find places to sit the camera to get long exposure pics. I like the problem solving element of photography so I didn't mind & I want to wring as many photos out of my old lens I can before it gives up the ghost.
After a few false starts I found a good place to shoot back across the city. The rain was giving everything a glow as I took the first few shots. I then noticed something else glowing...the battery warning light. "No worries" I thought as I had a spare. I changed over and went for another 30sec exposure. "Worries" I thought as I noticed this batter was about to die as well. I had a camera, two batteries and both were flat.
Fortunately a restaurant was behind me, I was hungry AND I had the charger. I was able to have something eat, recharge one of the batteries and get back out there. Whilst my battery & I recharged and refuelled a shower came and went and the city glowed just a little more. My little mistake with the batteries, the rare occasion I had brought the charger out with me, the Mexican restaurant and the little shower had actually all come together.
I'm desperately trying to be a more positive person. I can be negative like anyone, I can be cynical. It's not a trait I want to develop. I want to be realistic of course. And sometimes things really aren't as bad as we think. We can often find a solution to so many of our problems. You've just got to look.