July 16, 2013 … tempest passed

A day late and a dollar short is not part of the New Zealand idiom.

Nevertheless, we get what it means and it captures perfectly my attempts at storm images for the weekend just ended.  By the time I finally got myself out of my warm bed, the storm was subsiding and the South Coast was wild, but not abnormally rough.

By way of consolation, I found some nice light on my way to see what the situation was. From Oriental Bay, the dark morning sky was contrasted with a blaze of light that really needed a trumpet fanfare to accompany it. Though the Southerly was dying, it was still cold and strong, and carried  more than a hint of rain. Out on the silvered water, the little Singapore-registered LPG tanker, Miyake was anchored and provided a nice focal point. A Facebook friend and fellow photographer,  Sean Gillespie, got a great shot of this little tanker in the storm see http://tinyurl.com/nd2wkqs

After the storm has passed

Around at Palmer Head on the Western side of the harbour entrance, Pencarrow’s lighthouses were dramatically contrasted against the dark hills and the darker sky above, as the residual waves crashed on the rocks nearby.


Looking North East from  there, Point Dorset was not quite included in the shaft of weak winter light that silvered the waters of Breaker Bay. Despite the very dark cloud, no hint of thunder was heard.


Later in the day, when I was partially thawed from my morning visit to the coast, I decided to try to capture the bird life in the hedge outside our dining room window.  This little waxeye (Zosterops lateralis) was less than two metres from the camera. To avoid scaring the birds away, I lurked in the shadows on the far side of the room and triggered the shot with my wireless remote.


In the same series, this female chaffinch (Fringilla celebs) was eager to find the bird seed I had scattered in the hedge (sneaky, huh?)


Sun shining, no wind. What will this day bring?


About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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2 Responses to July 16, 2013 … tempest passed

  1. Toya says:

    Great shots, love the first one! Also very cute birds in your hedge. I think the chaffinch is a male though – the colours are too strong to be the female.

  2. Map of Time says:

    These are beautiful! I love that first photo. It has a surreal quality to it. Thank you for sharing.

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