September 8, 2013 … making lemonade in the wind

Wellington is home.

I love the place, but even with my bias, I have to admit that now and then we get a few breezes.  And we all know what to do when life serves up lemons.

Some of you may recall from earlier writings that Mary works at the local hospice. Yesterday, she had to do some things in her office so I was down there providing small assistance where I could, or as often as possible,  goofing off with my camera in the beautiful grounds.

Kowhai in bloom

Just a gentle stir in this sheltered corner

Spring brings the kowhai (Sophora microphylla) and kowhai is the Maori word for yellow.  It makes a spectacular show when there are masses of them, and I was trying to capture this when the tree was stirred by some gusts. I may have got away with it, but that put me in an experimental mood.

There are some flowering fruit trees around the Hutt Recreation ground across the road and they were not as sheltered as the trees in the Hospice grounds. Long exposure comes into the act again.

Apple blossom in the breeze

This looks fairly vigorous

I quite like the effect, but then it really blew, and the tree was lashing around. I had to hold the tripod very firmly to ensure the camera stayed still. Hmmmm … interesting effect. I suspect I am not finished with slow exposures.

Then a real bluster started

It astonished me that the blossoms remained attached

A little later, I was prowling around the Seaview area and passed one of the scrap metal sites. I was astonished to see the remains of at least eight buses all of recent vintage. I wondered why they were meeting such an early end to their career.

End of the line

As buses go these are very young

That’s it for today.


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 September 8, 2013 … making lemonade in the wind

  1. Forest So Green says:

    I like the bus photo and glad I found your blog 🙂 Annie

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