Winter is with us, though the worst may be yet to come.
Colour images are irretrievably grey. However, I like the challenge of trying to capture the chill, the bleakness, and the beauty that still shines through.
Oriental Bay is relatively sheltered in a Southerly. Not so much yet it can still be a place of considerable misery as the temperature drops and the wind rises. Yesterday the wind seemed to be all over the place. The Carter memorial fountain shuts down automatically if the wind is such that the salt water plume blows back onto the road. It had not yet reached that stage.
In Breaker Bay looking Southward to the open sea, there was a nice contrast between the deep green sea, and the red rocks on the nearby shore. A partial rainbow against a thunder-dark sky adds to the atmosphere. Those are the two Pencarrow lights on the other side, with Baring head hidden in the murk beyond.
Near Moa point there was a view across to the high peaks of the Inland and the Seaward Kaikouras. Despite the snow, it fails to convey the deep chill in the air.
Having enjoyed an excellent “steak and cheese” pie for lunch from the amazing and highly recommended “Trisha’s Pies” in Kilbirnie, I decided a siesta was appropriate so drove to the end of the road at Owhiro Bay and snoozed in front of the cascading green rollers.
On my way home after my nap, I noticed a man in fluorescent jacket out on the rocks near Island Bay. I was not entirely sure he was in a secure place , and have no idea what he was gathering. I hope he survived.
More cold weather ahead