September 6, 2013 … getting the best from a bad day

It’s very nice when the scenery comes looking for you.

When I drew my curtains to face the day yesterday, a river mist was creating interesting effects in the valley towards Avalon. The angle of those rays may give away the fact that I was late rising yesterday, but I feel no need to apologise for that.  The weather turned surly for the rest of the day, and the wind got up and there was intermittent rain. I felt very sorry for the two young men who were working out in the elements on my neighbour’s major landscape reconstruction.

Looking to the North from my bedroom window

I like those trees on the golf course

Later in the day, I took myself out to Eastbourne.  The wind was still biting, but there were patches of sunlight. I parked near Burdan’s Gate which is the entrance to the road out to Pencarrow. It was too late in the day and the conditions too unpleasant for any great walk, but I set out along that track. In the first part of the road I liked the way the incoming waves were framed by the trees on the edge of the beach.

Across the harbour entrance from Burdan's Gate

That’s Seatoun in the background

I didn’t go far, and chose to drive home via the Petone Esplanade. The towers of the city gleamed in the distance, and I thought I could see a ferry approaching the terminal through the haze. Not till I got home did I discover that the navy was in town. The ship in the distance above that spiteful chop on the water turns out to be the offshore patrol vessel, HMNZS Wellington. She is a very lightly armed vessel that seems frankly to be more about enforcement of fishing regulations than about naval combat. Perhaps the world would be a safer place if more of our navies were so focused.

HMNZS Wellington comes to her name port

That sea looks really cold

Just before I turned off the Esplanade, I saw and liked the layers in the Western hills, delineated by the setting sun.

The Western Hills from Petone looking towards Newlands

You may have noticed that I like those receding layers

That will do for today.



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 September 6, 2013 … getting the best from a bad day

  1. Melody says:

    I also like those receding layers. 🙂

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