Yesterday was a very special day.
As I had mentioned earlier, I was privileged to lead the Wellington manifestation of the Worldwide Photo Walk. Around the world there were 1,238 groups with a combined total of 28,638 photographers walking together, meeting each other, sharing their enthusiasm. There was some small element of optional merchandising which raised funds for the “Springs of Hope” orphanage in Kenya. Our group had 47 registered participants, and a half-dozen informal attenders.
We gathered at the upper cable car terminus in Kelburn under a grey sky with very occasional hints of dampness which disappeared as the afternoon progressed. The cable car itself broke down just before the start, so quite a few participants had to trudge up the fairly steep wooden walkway beside the tracks to get to the top. After a brief description from me on where the walk was intended to go, the group set out, and all semblance of order ceased.
For the non-participants in the park a group of fifty plus photographers must have been a bit daunting, but within ten minutes, I think we were strung out over a kilometre or so, and not all of us followed the suggested path which was fine. as there were many options.
Some were going for the broad shots, others were focussing in on the macro.
As the leader (by which I mean organiser) I am ineligible to enter the main competition, but I was determined to have fun too. So here are a few of my shots .
There were lots of other users in the park and they were bemused but not to upset by a bunch of people with cameras spring up everywhere. The young mother heroically carrying her children was surprised but tolerant. Sadly she didn’t have the same wonderful hair as her beautiful children.
In the sad remains of the tulip garden. Then we went down through the Bolton St cemetery and across Bowen Street where the government does its work
Across to the parliamentary precinct where the lights on the main gates were interesting.
From there it was across to the waterfront where a small number of yachts were making good speed in the steady breeze.
We concluded with a warm and friendly gathering in Mac’s Brewbar, a waterfront hostelry which had reserved some tables for us. There was much “chimping” and comparing images.
It was a great day, in my opinion.