March 27, 2014 … wandering in the desert

Things seem to have gone a little flat.


A large driftwood log at the Okowai lagoon … note the drapes of dried out weed

Nevertheless I went out more in hope than expectation, and went over towards the Okowai lagoon near Porirua. The Northern part of the lagoon was totally devoid of life. The water level was low and everything seemed to be covered in some sort of fibrous residue. A heavy log which seems to be a shelter for pied stilts at some times of the year was the most interesting object to be seen.

Colonial Knob

From the bottom up

Behind me, Colonial Knob was clear, and I could see the compound from which I had shot my images on Monday.


The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind (Dylan)

On the track beside the lagoons that leads up to Aotea College, the toetoe (Cortaderia splendens) plumes were blowing about and were nicely backlit.

Masked lapwings

Fleeing in noisy panic

On the way home, I went around Gray’s road and spotted a significant flock of masked lapwings (formerly known as spur-winged plovers)  (Vanellus miles). Unfortunately , they spotted me before I was in position, so you see here the North end of a South-bound flock.

And that’s the day.




About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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