December 5, 2012 … wings and wind

Flax flowers are intoxicating …

Nectar addict… or so it would seem from watching the tui which clamber over them all day long extracting the nectar from them.

I opened the front door on my way to the car, and there, not three metres away, was a tui systematically visiting each trumpet-like flower on the nearest bush. Since I had both cameras on my harness, I quietly lifted the long lens and caught this one. After each flower had been drained (and not before) he flew off down the valley and I resumed my journey to the city.

Almost gale force Northerly winds buffeted the car on my way in, with low cloud and some nasty rain rattling on my windows. I went up over Mt Victoria and round some of the back streets of Roseneath looking down onto Evans Bay and the airport.

Steep departure

Planes were rotating and climbing out of the airport almost before they were level with the terminal. The angle of climb looked phenomenal, though I am not totally certain that it is really all that different on a calm day.

Into the wild blue yonderWith such low cloud, it took very little time indeed before the departing planes were disappearing into the murk.

Overlooking Evans Bay

Down lower on the slopes, I noticed a promontory whose residents must catch the full aural benefit of every departure to the North or arrival to the South. That sea wall at the top of the picture is the embankment adjacent to Cobham Drive at the Northern end of the runway.

Then it was back through the evening rush traffic and home.

 

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About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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