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

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 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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