November 13, 2013 … mixed weather

Exploring unfamiliar parts of the city is something I enjoy.

Looking East across the harbour froom Khandallah

Miramar and Mt Victoria on the upper right, Eastbourne on the far side

It allows me to see Wellington from different angles, and to some extent, with new eyes. Yesterday I went through the East facing slopes of Khandallah, in the area that is often referred to as “the dress circle”.  This area is characterised by large houses which are very close to the necessarily narrow roads that wind up and down hills and round some very tight corners. These roads have their origins in the days of horse-drawn transport and you really could not take a large bus or truck along them.

Every so often they offer a view window where the houses are placed such that you can see over or between the neighbouring structures. Yesterday there was a very solid Southerly in play and the result was a deep green harbour decorated with white caps. The clouds were getting along at a good clip, and this image (which is a panoramic stitch) had to be made quickly so that the cloudscape was not too different between each of the six images.

Inner harbour

The ferry terminal is in the centre

A little further round the hill to the South, where Karori begins to turn into Ngaio or Wadestown, there was a nice South-facing view over the inner harbour. The interisland ferry, Arahura (nearest the camera) is backed into her berth, and her crippled sister, the Aratere which recently had the misfortune of having a propeller shaft break, is tied up on Aotea Quay.

Royal spoonbills

The feed or they sleep

Back in the valley, I dropped in at Hikoikoi reserve and found a cluster of royal spoonbills grazing.

Oystercatchers

Washing their plumage

Around the edge of the inlet a bunch of oystercatchers had gathered for communal ablutions.

That’s it for the day.

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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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