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

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 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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