August 24, 2013 … looking westward

Roller coasters were never my favourite ride as a kid.

Sensitive inner ear or other issues always made me queasy.  Much the same is happening photographically. Some good days, some less so. However, the WYSIWYG portion of this blog’s title is “What You See Is What You Get”

Makara seemed like a good idea yesterday. It is a little bay on the West coast which is sheltered from the South but can be very bleak in a Northerly. The wind was from the North yesterday. The waves were pounding noisily on the rocky beach, but there was not a great deal of interest happening. I tried to catch the backlight on the surf, but the waves were not really impressive enough for that.

Westward from Makara

If you sailed in this direction from here you would probably hit Tasmania, eventually

A very slow exposure with the aid of a neutral density filter  was worth a try to see if I could achieve more atmosphere.

Slow exposure to see what developed

Six whole seconds

On the way home I swung by the estuary at Hikoikoi. A solitary kingfisher was making the occasional forays from a weed covered log.

Kingfisher arriving

The perch is almost as picturesque as the bird

A juvenile royal spoonbill walked the length of the beach, obviously on a mission, but having apparently forgotten that it was possible to travel by air.

Juvenile royal spoonbill

It was a very purposeful stride

Tomorrow will be a new day.



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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One Response to August 24, 2013 … looking westward

  1. The last one is attractive with the different colours.

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