March 19, 2014 … if I had a hammer*

Having got the big lens back I could get into a rut.

Orange growth

Shelly Bay

As the old cliché has it, “if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”  Or,  if you have a long lens, all your images have foreshortened perspective. Sorry. I’ll get over it. My first shot was of the derelict wharf at Shelly Bay. I liked the contrast of the grey green water and the bright orange lichen on the rotting wooden decking. The little black shag atop the pile adds to the image.

Celebrity Solstice

Let’s go on a holiday with 2,850 of our closest friends?

I mentioned a day or so ago that the port was more than usually crowded, and that Aotea Quay would get even more so with the arrival of the Celebrity Solstice. There she is, all 121, 878 Gross Tonnes of her, dwarfing  her neighbours. It’s a reasonable image of the ship berthed at Aotea Quay from 3.5 km away at Point Halswell.

Moulded dinghy

It is probably far lighter than the same shape in wood.

On a much smaller scale is this dinghy at the Hikoikoi reserve, in the Hutt Estuary. I have always liked the curves of clinker-built boats. Sadly, this isn’t one, but a mere moulded replica of one (look at the thin-ness of the shell along the gunwales.  Still it’s a handsome shape, a very traditional form.

Black shag

marching to the beat of a different drum

Lastly for the day, a bird. You didn’t think I had forgotten, did you?  I regret the slightly unnatural perch, and hope that there is nothing toxic in it. The black shag (Phalacrocorax carbo) is the largest of the shags in New Zealand.  Its green eyes are wonderful.

More tomorrow.


* “The hammer song” by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays (1949) 


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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