Fog is the most common reason for the closure of Wellington airport.
Fog is that stuff that obscures visibility when there is little or no wind to move it on. Yesterday was a foggy day, to begin with. It caused massive disruption at the airport all morning and much of the afternoon.
On my way to lunch with a friend, I paused at the Interisland ferry terminal and took a shot of the conditions on the harbour. At Aotea Quay, the cruise liner, Dawn Princess was berthed ahead of a container ship, and in the background, where Mt Victoria is usually seen, nothing but fog.
Looking across the harbour, Point Jerningham and Point Halswell make a nice ink-wash image, but the Eastern hills are obscured.
Since I was early for lunch, I stopped on Jervois Quay and walked past the famous Albatross sculpture by Tanya Ashken. There can be few photographers in Wellington who have not tried a dozen ways to make an original image of it in full flow. I am not immune to its graceful curves, so here is my latest attempt.
Along the waterfront on the outer berth at Queens Wharf, two of the lesser “tall ships” that had recently crossed the Tasman were in port. There was the Lord Nelson, from England, and Young Endeavour from Australia. The Lord Nelson has two square-rigged masts and a lovely maze of rigging. I could see crew on various of its yards, working on the sails,
Up close, she is a regrettably ugly ship, in my opinion. If you could see nothing but her masts and spars she is a thing of great beauty. Her hull makes me think it was designed by a welder. To be fair, she meets some special needs by making much of the ship accessible to people with disabilities. Anyhow, from alongside her on the wharf, I got a closer look at these crew members effecting repairs to the sails. Unlike any of the original Lord Nelson’s crew, these men and women were all wearing safety harnesses and they had sturdy carabiners clipped onto safety lines along the yards.
That’s all for today, which was truly magical, but that’s tomorrow’s story.