December 15, 2013 … from soaring with eagles to plotting in the mud

Fitting photography in around other family and social commitments requires tact on my part and a great deal of patience from my nearest and dearest.

Gandalf and Gwaihir

These massive birds are hanging over the patrons in the food court below

Yesterday I went with Mary to the airport to meet my brother-in-law John coming in from Brisbane. The flight was  a good 25 minutes ahead of schedule so we had to scramble to get there in time to meet him, and went through the Mt Victoria Tunnel to save time. Mistake! After he arrived, we had a coffee in one of the outlets in the main atrium of the airport. When the catching up was done (because he was going one way and we were going another), we walked though the area to show him the Weta Workshops Eagles.

I have pictured them before, but I remain impressed by the remarkable craftsmanship that produced these. Apparently each eagle weighs about a tonne, and the Gandalf figure which bears a very credible full-sized likeness of Sir Ian McKellen just adds to the realism.  A few nervous looking kids weren’t very sure about them.

Celebrity Solstice and Oosterdam

Two giant freighters that specialize in the carriage of self-loading cargo. This view is from Oriental bay looking towards Aotea Quay with the suburb of Wadestown behind

On the way North to have dinner with our good friends in Waikanae, we passed through Oriental Bay which is always our preferred, and I believe, quicker, route. Two large cruise ships were in, the Celebrity Solstice and the Oosterdam. Both have been here recently, but the city’s retailers could not have had a better Christmas gift than two giant ships full of  Christmas Shoppers on a sunny day.

Breezing across the harbour

This is taken from the base of Pt Jerningham looking North up the Hutt Valley to the Tararuas

Mindful of best practice, I checked around to see what else was happening and saw a small yacht sailing with the steady breeze.


As Captain Queeg (Caine Mutiny) might have said, “a mutinous assembly if ever I saw one”

Since we were now a little ahead of schedule, we made a flying visit to the Waikanae estuary before going on to our friends’ house. A pair of Australasian Shoveller ducks were cruising around, and a trio of oystercatchers were obviously plotting the overthrow of their government.

Apart from that all was quiet.



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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