July 11, 2013 … shelter from the storm

Another dull patch, both photographically and weather-wise.

On the South Coast there was a heavy, but not spectacular surf. Just inside the harbour, I found a group of black shags (Phalacrocorax carbo). They seemed to be just hanging about, not fishing or doing anything purposeful. I speculate that they were simply sheltering from the chilly Southerly.

Black shags seek shelter

The little white diamonds on their plumage are water droplets

Around the headland a few individual shags were making hard work of getting where they were going. Shags have very small wings for their body weight, and they depend a lot on flying close to the surface of the water to get the “ground effect”. When the surface is heaving up and down, flying requires more effort, and there is a lot of flapping for comparatively little forward motion. ­­­­

Hard work skimming the surface

The shag came very close to colliding with the rock

Waves have always fascinated me, especially the long slow ones with real power behind them. You may get a sense of the day with the last image and the shape of that incoming wave. I would not wish to be among those rocks with such waves.

Savage rocks

This lava-based rock is very jagged and would be unforgiving

Something different tomorrow, I hope.


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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One Response to July 11, 2013 … shelter from the storm

  1. John Titchener says:

    Ro photo 2: Would that have been a “rock effect”?

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