October 25, 2013 … smile, they said, things could be worse*

It’s allegedly spring.

Wind-lashed punga

Taken from my front door

We expect spring to be quirky and unpredictable. We expect the odd gale or two.  Sustained bad weather is outside the normal pattern. Yesterday’s Nor’Wester was fairly vigorous, and the ponga tree on the front lawn was lashing wildly about.

Evans' Bay squall

Grey-green water … not good for the cleanliness of my lens

Wind always makes me want to see what it looks like on the water. I went to Evans’ Bay and the wind was even stronger there. However, in contrast to a Southerly,which has had thousands of miles of Southern Ocean in which to construct mighty waves, the Northerlies in the harbour have a mere six km to play with and tend to rip the tops off the waves and to provide a viciously flattened harbour that hisses and spits but doesn’t aspire to any great heights.

Kowhai and ornamental flaxes feel the blast

Taken through a briefly open window from the dining room

Back at home, the poor little kowhai bush (the one where the three kereru harvested all the blossoms a few weeks ago) was writhing in the ongoing lash of the wind. The ornamental flaxes on either side put up a stiff resistance but they always seem to survive.

Back door outlook

More akin to winter than late spring

Inside the porch at the back door, the rain on the glass summarised the day nicely.

The wind rose

The plant is remarkably resilient

*So I smiled. And sure enough things got worse.

No improvement today either.



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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3 Responses to October 25, 2013 … smile, they said, things could be worse*

  1. Toya says:

    The ponga looks like a windmill 🙂

  2. Ellen says:

    Christmas must still be a way off. No pukeko could possibly hang on to those whirling objects purporting to be ponga trees. Lovely illustration of our weather god’s tantrums.

  3. A good portrayal of the day.

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