September 27, 2013 … big round numbers

Round numbers are funny things.

Numerology is not my thing. Nevertheless, there are certain numbers that we celebrate more than others. We tend to treat birthdays with a zero at  the end of them as especially significant. Yesterday, I enjoyed the company of several friends at dinner as we celebrated our thousandth day of taking a photo every day. Why 1,000 is qualitatively different from 999 or 1,001, I couldn’t explain, but nevertheless, we chose that particular number as a milestone worthy of a get-together.

Ironically, it was another difficult day, photographically speaking. In the late afternoon, the only shot I had that I liked, was a variant on the slow exposure of the train over Paremata bridge.

Commuter train heading to Wellington over the Paremata bridge

The wind had abated but was still cool. The slow exposure flattens the water for me.

By the time we were due to meet for dinner at a restaurant in Pauatahanui, I had wedged myself into that corner of the day where the light was fading fast and if I didn’t press the shutter NOW, it would be too late.

So that’s what I have to offer … my last desperate roll of the dice for the day. This was just around the corner from the restaurant, looking across the Pauatahanui pods to the inlet and the last glow of the dying day.

Sunset over the Pauatahanui ponds

I had to filter out a gazillion sandflies

It didn’t work out too badly, though it is not a “salon buster” either.  And it was a very pleasant dinner with good company.


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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2 Responses to September 27, 2013 … big round numbers

  1. Toya says:

    Congrats on getting to the 1000th! I know I didn’t last very long in this challenge when you all started, but I just couldn’t manage to pick up the camera every single day. To you and the others who are still doing this I applaud you all. Well done and keep on going! There has to be a record somewhere to beat 🙂

  2. Cliff says:

    That a gorgeous lemon-coloured sunset, Brian.

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