harbour Landscapes Maritime Matiu/Somes Island Wellington

December 31, 2012 … an ending is merely a prelude to a new beginning

Can you hear the sound of the year winding down?

Like a jet engine at an airport, the year is coming to a standstill.  For me it has been an interesting year. Technically, I retired in October last year. However, I accepted a contract to teach one more course from March to June, so I don’t feel as if I have had a full year as a retired person.  Then Mary and I did our five state tour of the US (with side trip to Canada).

From a blogging perspective, this is my 365th post (there would have been one more, but for the date lost somewhere in the Pacific Ocean over the date line).  According to the statistics WordPress sent me, the blog has had 33,000 “views” since 1 January.  A thousand images were loaded. I have no idea how many unique visitors there were, but they came from 70 countries.  Thanks for sharing the ride with me, and special thanks to those of you kind enough to interact by way of comments or emails.

Yesterday was a very windy day in Wellington, and Mary and I were almost lifted off our feet walking around Pt Jerningham. There’s nothing of Mary, so that’s no surprise, but I am quite solid so it was disconcerting having to maintain my grip on the footpath. We came back up and over Maida Vale Rd, and down into the headwind on Oriental Bay.  Under the terms of my contract with Mary I don’t carry a camera when walking for exercise, so I can’t provide evidence of the conditions, but they were very vigorous indeed.

Later in the day, I was at Seaview looking across the harbour and noticed the enormous “Voyager of the Seas” berthed by the cruise terminus. She is a big one … at  137,276 Gross Tonnes, one of the largest in the world with 3,100 passengers, 1,100 crew.  I liked the view between Matiu/Somes Island on the left (and the arch I had not previously noticed), and the much smaller Mokopuna Island on the right. You get a sense of the wind form the state of the water.Voyager  of the Seas berthed in Wellington

From there I went up the Western hills and from high up on Normandale Rd caught this panorama of the lower valley. The CBD is in the centre, and you can see the Hutt River winding its way to the see on the right. You really do need to enlarge this to see the detailHutt Valley panorama

That’s it for 2012. Thanks for your company, have a wonderful New Year, and I hope you will join me in 2013.


By 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.

3 replies on “December 31, 2012 … an ending is merely a prelude to a new beginning”

I agree with Margaret in thanking you for all the joy you have brought me in your pictures, and writings especially those done in New Zealand. Chico and I wish you and your family all the very best for 2013.

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