Summer has officially ended.
I remember we had one and a half days of summer weather on February 16th and 17th, and I saw reports of a brief fine spell here while I was shivering in Melbourne. The previous year’s glorious summer had to be paid for. I just didn’t expect the bill to fall due quite so soon. And now it is, according to the calendar, Autumn (we don’t have a season called “Fall” in New Zealand). The Miramar peninsula has been a regular source of images so I went there again yesterday. In Worser Bay, the dark clouds to the North and the strong wind in my face spoke to me of the changing season.
In the absence of significant bird life, I carried on around the peninsula and into Evans Bay. I was almost at Pt Jerningham when one of Centreport’s new tugs came bustling round the point on its way to help move the tanker “Chembulk Sydney” to depart from Pt Howard. There are two of these Damen 2411 tugs designed in Holland and built in Vietnam and China respectively. To my eye, they are little more than a floating enclosure for the propulsion system, and the size of her exhaust stacks are a testament to the truth of this. They can exert a 70 Tonne pulling or pushing force in pretty much any direction. They are sturdy versatile vessels capable of operating in rough waters, so yesterday’s stiff breeze made little impression as she surged past.
Activity on the water at the entrance to Evans Bay told me where the terns had gone, and if you look closely (click to enlarge), you will see much darker Buller’s shearwaters skimming the surface as the terns climb above to dive for the fish below.
Oddly, now that we are in Autumn, the sun is shining.