July 13, 2013 … in the mist and rain

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.

Reconstructed locomotive doing a trial run

At the Hutt Railway Workshop

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.

The Eastern Hills of the Hutt Valley in the rain

Hutt Park Raceway is no longer a racecourse

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).

Rain-shrouded Eastern Bays

From Lowry Bay

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.

Little Black Shags hunting as a pack

… I think that bird in the centre foreground is a Black shag, different to the others

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.

Colourful boatshed

Interesting colour choices

That’s it from yesterday.



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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