I spent a chunk of yesterday at the reception desk of the Hutt Camera Club’s annual exhibition. Did I mention that five of my own images are on display? If you are anywhere near Lower Hutt, have a look at the Hut Art Society’s Odlin Gallery on Myrtle Street from 10 am to 4 pm daily until Sunday 13th October. (end of blatant plug). By then the day was coming towards its end.
Before I go further, I should correct an error in yesterday’s edition. I referred to the restaurant, Le Normandie. It did indeed used to be in the neighbourhood, in the old Cubacade arcade, but the restaurant I depicted was a different one, and as my correspondent reminded me, it used to be Orsini’s, another elegant and expensive establishment in its day.
Meanwhile, grey weather persists, and the winds are still blowing. I tried to capture the bright colours of the Sparaxis (Harlequin flowers) in wind-whipped motion outside the art gallery.
With domestic duties beckoning, I squeezed in a quick trip to Hikoikoi. My friend George the heron was still absent, though there have been sightings. A greenfinch perched nearby. Somehow they always look grumpy. Perhaps it’s the eyebrows.
Four little black shags perched on a rock and ignored what I think is a floating wine bottle nearby. They look as if they are ready to begin practicing for their barbershop quartet.
From the foreshore near the Petone wharf, I saw the tanker Torea parked out in the harbour. I imagine she was waiting for the berth adjacent to the port’s bunkers to become free with the departure of a cruise liner. Not till I got home did the bird make itself visible. I was tempted to Photoshop it out, but on closer inspection think it is a petrel … I just liked the juxtaposition of petrel/tanker (Yeah, I know … groan!).
As to the cruise ship, She was Radiance of the Seas, 90,900 Gross Tonnes, 2500 passengers, and 850 crew. She is the first cruise ship in a string of 76 scheduled between now and May 14 next year. I can hear the cash registers ringing along Lambton Quay from here.
See you later.