None of today’s images bear any resemblance to what I set out to achieve.
I want to various places and when I got there, saw nothing that said “pick me, pick me”. Somewhat discouraged, I came back through the city, and from Oriental Bay made a panorama of the new apartment complex nearing completion on the site of the old Overseas Passenger Terminal, or more correctly, Clyde Quay. I notice that the company that is selling the apartments calls it “Clyde Quay Wharf”. Since “quay” means “wharf”, they are effectively calling it “Clyde Wharf Wharf”.
Across the bay, two very large ships were in port. The Cunard liner Queen Victoria had pride of place, and the regular visitor, Dawn Princess was relegated to the space further down the quay. Between them they carry almost 4,000 passengers, and yesterday was a perfect Autumn day so I guess the cash registers rang on Lambton Quay.
Perfect weather continued into the evening, and with the tolerance of my dear wife, I went out to Eastbourne to catch at least one of them as they left port. It seems to be a Cunard tradition in Wellington that they ignore posted departure times. Thirty minutes after the advertised sailing time, nothing happened, so mindful of the dinner at risk, I started the homeward journey. I reached the pumping station at York Bay and caught a glimpse of the ship in the harbour. Conditions were hazy, but I guessed it would be clearer when the ship was further from the city. As I set the tripod up, a person riding a jet ski raced across the sun’s reflected path against the silhouette of Matiu/Somes Island.
Eventually Queen Victoria was in clear view, though it was frustrating with out the long lens to play with. Still, it was a nice evening and I hope you enjoy the picture. The sunlit vessel behind the Queen is the Bluebridge ferry “Santa Regina”
Today is a grey day, so let’s see what happens
* “The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper