Despite my avoidance of monochrome, I do like scenes that are quiet.
I don’t do black and white, but I don’t mind sombre. Looking at the heavy sky, I decided that my best chance for a (non-bird) shot was in town and around the waterfront somewhere. In the traffic near the Star Boating lagoon I caught a glimpse of very still water and an exceptionally high tide. An empty parking spot in Cable Street allowed me to walk back to the lagoon with the camera and tripod and set up for my first shot. Rain began falling so I quickly got off three exposures and then hastily retreated to the Karaka café in the Wharewaka (boathouse) where I enjoyed an excellent long black and a cheese scone(doggy bag to carry the other half home for lunch).
On the South Coast, a little later, the sombre mood persisted as drizzle softened the distant view. Out on the horizon, the Liberian–flagged container vessel Larentia (27,915 GRT) was passing the inbound Bluebridge Ferry, Straitsman, passing “port-to-port” as maritime custom dictates.
In the afternoon, I went down the road towards Eastbourne, and enjoyed the soft layers of hills beyond Matiu/Somes Island.
There may be more colours tomorrow, but, who knows?