December 30, 2013 … so the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness dancing*

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?

The fleet steaming in review order

The swans didn’t even wake up as the geese passed among them

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.

Arriving home

This was the only thing moving

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.

Poet's corner

I can see this as inspiration for poetry

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.

Peace, perfect peace

As I said, I love the calm conditions

From the same spot, but looking across the harbour to the North East, I was captivated by the utter stillness of the water.

A few ripples

The ripples came from a passing boat, and not from any wind.

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


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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2 Responses to December 30, 2013 … so the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness dancing*

  1. Cliff says:

    I love those panoramas. I guess that they are several images stitched together, or are they wide angled shots trimmed top and bottom?

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