December 28, 2013 … fragments of a season

Last year we had a summer.

The tank farm, Gracefield

The mist-shrouded hill in the background is the Wainuiomata Hill

This year, we seem to have a jig-saw puzzle … fragments of weather that, if fitted together properly, might give some hints of what summer could be like. Yesterday had none of the missing pieces. It was simply damp all day. My photo-a-day commitment, however, makes no allowance for this so I went out as usual. First stop was near the oil terminal at Seaview.

Mid-summer weather

In normal circumstances the tank farm in the first picture would be visible from here, as would the Wainuiomata hill behind it

At the other end of the Petone Esplanade, there is a very rough road beside the rowing club shed adjacent to the railway line. From there, there was a view back towards the Petone wharf, and the absence of the hills beyond is a testament to the kind of day that it was.


I am often accused of having my head in the clouds

Coming back up Normandale Road, about 300 metres from home, I looked up to the mist swirling through the pine trees on my neighbour’s front yard, and thought it was worth a shot.

Tui on flax

It was still drizzling, but the bird seemed happy

Finally, as the day closed its curtains, a tui had a late visit to the rain-soaked flax flowers.

Maybe other bits of the puzzle will emerge tomorrow.


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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