February 6, 2014 … down by the riverside

My conscience phoned up and told me to go for a walk.

Hutt Riverbank

The Hutt River has had its course altered between the Ewen bridge and the rail bridge at Moera. The stop banks were made bigger and the curve straightened to reduce the threat to the rail bridge in the distance.

You need the exercise, she said. So the riverbank walkway seemed appealing, and off I went from a place just near the Melling Bridge. The walkway is a pleasant one, and the river banks are lined with shrubs and grasses.

Commuter train

So I may have overdone the motion blur effects

The railway line to Upper Hutt and the Wairarapa crosses the river at Moera and since it was getting towards commute time, there were plenty of trains passing. I tried for a motion shot with panning, but confess to having experimented on this image with some recently acquired software.

Getting down and dirty

The geese like to keep the grass mowed

Having reached the Waione Street Bridge at the estuary, I crossed and came up the Eastern side. Just south of the rail bridge I encountered a flock of Canada geese. I approached slowly and though wary they tolerated me. I got low to capture this picture of the flock, though you can see that they are edging away from me.

Taking flight

The three left behind must speak a different dialect, but they clearly didn’t get the message.

I was about to get up again, when another pedestrian came striding towards them blissfully unconcerned, and they took flight.

That’s all for now.


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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