Stillness is a quality I value greatly.
When I look out of my window and see no movement in my neighbour’s tree, I become more alert. What is the light like? Where should I be to get the best images?
Of course, my thoughts usually turn to water, and so I went to Pauatahanui to begin with. As I have said previously, Canada geese are around in huge numbers this year. As I arrived at Motukaraka Point, a whole fleet of them were steaming in disciplined formation though an anchored fleet of sleeping black swans. It was an impressive and stately manoeuvre.
There is still a conspicuous lack of kingfishers at the inlet, so I went over to the Mana Marina at Paremata. Perfectly still conditions there were interesting, and as I was setting up for a long slow exposure, a pleasure craft came through my field of view. It was moving fairly slowly, but the 1/3 second exposure was sufficient to show its movement towards its berth. I quite like the effect, and it was a bit reminiscent of the geese passing between the swans.
Next, the little sandy beach just inside the Pauatahanui Inlet gave a great viewing point for the colourful boatsheds on Ivey Bay, just adjacent to Paremata Road. I am not sure which one, but the New Zealand poet, Sam Hunt lived here with his much loved sheep dog, Minstrel for many years until he ran foul of bureaucrats who required him to move. I can see why he would like it there.
From the same spot, but looking across the harbour to the North East, I was captivated by the utter stillness of the water.
Finally, from behind the boatsheds, looking North across the inlet, the boats moored within Ivey Bay didn’t move at all while I made my last image of the day.
That’s the day.
*T. S. Elliot, from The Four Quartets: East Coker