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.
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.
Swinging around to the East we have a view across Newlands to Petone beyond, with Matiu/Somes Island dominating the harbour to the right.
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.
My final shot is a closer look at the city, across Khandallah and Wadestown. Can you wonder that I love this city?
Wet weather is happening.