Withdrawal symptoms are setting in already.
I sent my damaged long zoom lens off to Canon yesterday, and feel as if I have lost an arm. On the other hand, it forces me to rediscover my somewhat atrophied ability to see things from other perspectives. After taking the lens to the courier, I carried on into Wellington and stopped at Pt Jerningham. I had in mind to get a low-level wide-angle view of the harbour. I clambered through the white-painted wooden fence and down on to the mussel-covered rocks below. My abrasions from the mishap of the previous day reminded me sharply of the need for caution as to where I put my feet. Somewhat tentatively I got to the edge of the shell-covered outcrop and tried several shots, and decided in the end, that this was the best of them. It’s not what I had in mind, but the sun was too bright to allow a slow exposure. The wide angle lens diameter is just too big (82 mm) for my neutral density filter (77 mm), so I had to rely on the camera’s native ability and this was the outcome. Click to enlarge to see it properly.
From there, I went to the old Patent Slip site, now called “Cog Park” at Greta Point on Evans Bay. A few parts of the old mechanism are artfully displayed in the park, with little resemblance to their configuration when they were still in use. Nevertheless, they are a poignant reminder of the days when traffic could be stopped while a ship crossed the road.
The big gear wheel which was used to wind the cradle up and down the slipway was interesting. Its spokes have tapered slots, lined with wood, and projections from the wheel fit inside the slots. I am guessing, but I suspect that the wood served as a shock absorber to isolate the slip cable from the pulsing of the steam engine that turned the wheel.
We are about to be blessed with some very rough weather, with winds to 120 km/h and rain. Last evening the sky warned us of the impending change , but suddenly there was a rainbow, or even two rainbows.
Nothing more today.