January 3, 2014 … before the rush starts

Damaging winds are expected, according to today’s forecast.

The house is shuddering and doors and windows rattling under the onslaught of a Nor’Wester expected to reach 140 km/h. This will severely curtail the pohutukawa’s blooming season. Power outages and fallen trees are a real possibility.

Industrial backwater

Day after New Year and all is quiet … time for reflection

Yesterday’s wind was annoying but considerably less aggressive, so I went out in search of more textures and patterns. Since it was a public holiday, the streets were quiet, and I could drive slowly though the deserted industrial areas.  However, there is just so much you can do with contrasting corrugations, no matter how lurid the colour choices.  In a small enclave at the foot of the Ngauranga Gorge, I found a building frontage, the windows of which offered some interesting reflections.

Traffic patterns

The person who selected that purple for the Hutt Valley bus fleet probably grew up watching Barney the Dinosaur

Looking around from there I realised that I was looking out over the motorway just South of the place where SH1 branches up the gorge, and SH2 continues towards Lower Hutt. The vehicles crossing my field of view at 100 km/h were creating patterns of their own. As I observed, it is  holiday season so the traffic was very light. I captured lots of individual vehicles and then overlaid them onto a single composite image. I hoped for a big truck to add a large block of colour but in the half hour I was there, not a single truck passed. Fortunately a Hutt Valley bus heading into town passed by on the Old Hutt Road down below.

Razor wire

Though it looks sinister, there is no military or prison connection … it keeps people away from the trains, both for their own protection and to minimise vandalism

My last image today was made on Thorndon Quay at the fence surrounding the rail yards. They really are determined to keep people out. Despite the vicious nature of that razor wide, I thought it made an interesting pattern.

More tomorrow if we aren’t blown away.


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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