A photographic friend described the recent weather as DFO.
I promptly stole his descriptor (dull, flat and ‘orrible) for today’s title. And yet, provided the wind stays low, there are still photographic possibilities. Even as I was leaving home yesterday, the ponga tree at the front steps offered a view down the spine of its newest frond that seemed interesting.
As is my habit, I arrived in town well before the appointed hour, so went to Oriental Bay to see what could be seen. The aforementioned “DFO weather” had imposed a greyness on the harbour, some kind of cross between mist and drizzle. Though there was a light breeze, the water was close to flat calm and I liked the view of the man fishing from a concrete groyne at the Western end of the bay.
A little further on, I stopped again, as a man who obviously needed to be alone with his thoughts strode purposefully along the water’s edge. The sand on the artificially constructed beach came by barge from Golden Bay, and is topped up from time to time.
The two tugs, Tiaki and Tapuhi scurried across the harbour to guide a large container ship to its berth. This shot is of Tiaki travelling at speed.
Many ports around the world bring quite big ships close to the centre of the city, and Wellington does it now and then. The big black hull nosing around the corner of Oriental Bay was the “JPO Voland” a Panamax container ship of 41,225 Gross Tonnes with a capacity for 4,250 twenty-foot containers. As container ships go, it is quite big, though less than a quarter of the size of the very biggest.
Soon, the two tugs were attached, though the ship seemed to be doing well under its own power. I am guessing that the tugs really push or pull only for the final alignment with the designated berth. The kayaker in the foreground was an interesting contrast.
My last shot of the day is of the Carter fountain which makes a nice picture in these misty circumstances. Apparently there are at least another ten days of DFO in our forecast.