August 13, 2013 … a soft grey day

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).

Rain falls in the Star Boating lagoon

The white object across the lagoon is Tanya Ashken’s celebrated sculpture, “the albatross”

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.

They are not as close as they look

The Larentia and Straitsman pass each other.

In the afternoon, I went down the road towards Eastbourne, and enjoyed the soft layers of hills beyond Matiu/Somes Island.

Wellington hills through the drizzle

Taken from York Bay

There may be more colours tomorrow, but, who knows?


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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