August 30, 2013 … to seek without finding

Another case of the barrens.

Pied stilt browsing

They are pretty birds even when their surroundings are drab

I took shots but they were not what I hoped for. Pauatahanui provided me with a pied stilt and a white faced heron.

White-faced heron

This depressed looking bird was concentrating hard as it looked for food.

Up on Whitireia Park near the radio masts I found a skylark.

Skylark on Whitireia Park

They are plentiful in the park but much easier to catch on the ground than in the air

Back at ground level, I was coming around the Western side of the Porirua harbour when I noticed a train heading South. I confess to having always been something of a “train-spotter”. This one caught my eye because it was headed by four locomotives. There are parts of the world where this is commonplace. New Zealand however, has a narrow gauge railway system (3’-6” gauge) and the landscape forces it to follow some tight curves. This is not usually conducive to long heavy trains such as those in the US or Australia.

A multiple headed freight train

That’s a lot of horsepower

Tomorrow may not be much better as the weather today was atrocious.


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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One Response to August 30, 2013 … to seek without finding

  1. Lydia says:

    What are they building up the hill from the train? Or are those heaps of lumber??

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