Moist and misty is the best way to describe yesterday.
I wandered the valley looking for a good vantage point from which to capture the tendrils of cloud or mist that wreathed the Eastern hills. Somehow this brought me to the gates of the Hutt Railway Workshop. Now just a tiny fragment of its former glory, there is still work being done there, and I saw a newly reconstructed DXC class diesel-electric locomotive getting its gleaming paint job all wet for the first time.
It is difficult to get an unobstructed view of the hills from the valley floor, but I eventually found this view from the site of the former Hutt Park Raceway.
From there it is just a hop skip and a jump to Marine Drive and the Eastern bays. The shrouded view of the hills was different to the one I went in search of, but interesting anyway. The bays in succession are Lowry Bay, York Bay, Mahina Bay, Sunshine Bay, Day’s Bay, Rona Bay and Robinson’s Bay. (I didn’t know that last one until now).
Following the road, I saw a flock of Little Black Shags (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) engaged in their collaborative fishing exercise. There were perhaps fifteen birds, and in the shot I chose here, if you look closely at the bird in the middle of the front row, you can see the fish in the beak. I am not sure, but I think that bird nearest the camera is from a different family entirely, and may be a Black shag (Phalacrocorax carbo). You might also note the raindrops on the surface.
On the way home from Day’s Bay, I was intrigued by the cheerfully painted boatshed in Lowry Bay. I haven’t added any colour to this image, and perhaps it is just that the rainwashed paint is in stark contrast to the greyness of the day.
That’s it from yesterday.