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

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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