June 16, 2013 … high viewpoint

The thing about landscape images from high places, is that they usually require some effort to get them.

With a heavy camera and tripod on my back, and Mary keeping me company, I trudged up the stiff, and seemingly never-ending flights of steps to the summit of Mt Kaukau. At a mere 445 m ASL, Kaukau is not the highest peak around the harbour, it is probably the best known and the most prominent. The big mast carries multiple transmitters providing TV and FM radio services to a large part of the lower North Island and the top of the South Island, and it is a significant landmark, visible from most places.

Wheezing a little, I made it to the top of the hill, and marvelled at the panorama. The day was  grey and overcast, but at sea level, was flat calm. At the top, there was a steady breeze, not quite strong enough to disturb the camera on its all-too-solid tripod.

My first image then, is a general view from the trig station looking due South towards the city. The transmitter mast, in case there is any doubt, is to the left.

View from the Trig past the Mt Kaukau transmission mast

The view is definitely worth the effort.

Applying the “look behind you rule”, my next image is facing North and in the far distance is the Porirua Harbour. The suburb in the nearer valley is Churton Park and  beyond that is Tawa.

North to Porirua

It’s amazing how much farmland there is so close to the city

Swinging around to the East we have a view across Newlands to Petone beyond, with Matiu/Somes Island dominating the harbour to the right.

East towards the lower part of the Hutt Valley

At the top of the picture you can see the Northern edges of Newlands starting to nibble at the semi-rural suburb of Horokiwi

Back to the West  and in the middle distance you can see the Northern edge of the West Wind wind farm … there are 62 turbines in total but most of them are hidden from view beyond the ridge, where the land slopes down towards the sea. Oh yes, that is the South Island at the top of the picture.

Wind farm and Cook Strait

More wind turbines are coming

My final shot is a closer look at the city, across Khandallah and Wadestown. Can you wonder that I love this city?

Looking down on the inner city

This vantage point is about mid-climb and I refused to take it until on the way down again.

Wet weather is happening.




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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