Photos of 11 Postcard-Worthy Places in Bad Weather

Part of the fun of travelling around the world these days involves sharing photographs of famous places with everyone back home. Bad weather can ruin those moments, especially if one’s on a tight schedule. Without some photoshop magic or filters, everything appears dull and flat.

However, as The Rolling Stones once sang,”you can’t always get what you want.” So look on the bright side: no-one can buy a bad weather photograph on a postcard and pass it off as their own.

The following is my collection of photographs of tourist attractions as you have never seen them, with better photographs that I found elsewhere for comparison.

Cape Reinga lighthouse, New Zealand

This was what I was hoping to see after a 3.5-hour drive from Paihia, but it wasn’t to be.

Fantastic Kiwi weather

By User:Gadfium (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bad weather

Cape Reinga Lighthouse

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Luckily, I had two bites of the cherry here. I returned for sunrise at Angkor Wat on my second visit and had enjoyed amazing weather.

Good weather at sunset

Angkor Wat

Bad weather at sunrise

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

READ MORE: Angkor through an art student’s eyes

Port Arthur, Australia

I was hit by the double whammy of heavy rain and restoration work after a long, wet drive along Tasmania’s east coast.

Poor weather

By Andrew Braithwaite from Melbourne, Australia (Port Arthur) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Really poor weather

Port Arthur penitentiary

Read about road tripping through the Bay of Fires

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Turquoise waters and views of the Southern Alps? Forget it if it rains. Luck was on my side on the return trip though.

Gorgeous weather

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Awful weather

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Lake Tekapo

Frankfurt Römer, Germany

I was hoping for better when I was in transit in Frankfurt.

Good weather

By Thomas Wolf (Der Wolf im Wald) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Bad weather

Frankfurt Römer

The Bund, China

If the wind blows the pollution the wrong way in Shanghai, there goes the view of the skyscrapers.

Good weather

By Daniel Case (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Smog galore

Shanghai Bund

The view of Mount Rainier from Columbia Center, USA

Even on a clear day, it is not easy to see Mount Rainier from any of Seattle’s landmarks, except early in the morning. Obviously, I wasn’t there at the right time.

Exceptionally good weather

By Vmenkov (Self-photographed) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Typical weather

Columbia Center

Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania

The weather was just plain awful on the day I visited Trakai. The only crumb of comfort I got was from a warm kibine (a lamb pasty) in the old restaurant on the lake shore.

Gorgeous weather

By GiW (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sh*te weather

Trakai Castle

Castle Stalker, Scotland

This was where a couple of scenes in ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ was filmed. I think my photograph is truer to its appearance in the movie.

Good weather (by Scottish standards)

By StaraBlazkova (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Bad weather

Castle Stalker, Scotland

Field Cathedral of the Polish Army, Poland

This time, the storm clouds actually make it a special photograph.

Good weather

By User:Darwinek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

 Stormy weather

Field Cathedral of the Polish Army

Read more about things to do in Warsaw and the hailstorm that struck after this was taken

Now, how about checking out some funny photos from my travels?

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