May 2, 2014 … marine compulsion

For such a poor sailor, I wonder why I am so drawn to the sea.

The Sirens

Turbulent waters and sharp rocks are not a good combination, but they do make a nice picture

Yesterday’s images begin on the South Coast, somewhere to the West of Island Bay at the rocks known as “The Sirens” . I think this is a reference to the sweet singers of Greek mythology rather than to the sound of emergency vehicles, and may have a connection to the attraction I feel to the area. A stiff Southerly breeze was pushing some fairly solid swells over and through these jagged rocks, and of course I couldn’t resist the allure of my neutral density filter and the resulting slow exposure. The shutter was open for thirteen seconds in this shot, and that yields the vision of a steaming cauldron. Only as you look out towards the horizon do you get a sense of the size of the incoming swells. (Click to enlarge)

Afternoon light

At the boatsheds near Paremata

Later in the day it was around Pauatahanui where I saw no useful birds. I paused at the Paremata bridge to take in the bright colours of the boats near the sheds.  Rather than going back over the Haywards Hill, I went back down the motorway, and on a whim, diverted up the Takapu Valley.

High tension work

Up the pole, round the bend, screaming mad, or at least that’s what I would be up there. He on the other hand was laughing and joking with his colleagues on the ground.

I had left it far too late in the day as most of the valley was in deep shadow. At the very end of the road, adjacent to the Belmont Regional park, there was some residual sunshine, and a crew of linesmen were working on some high voltage lines. I presume that the lines in this case were not live, but I could be wrong.

IMG_6962Dead thistles

At the end of the cycle

For no apparent reason, a cluster of dead thistles caught my eye as I was leaving.

And that’s the end of the day.

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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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One Response to May 2, 2014 … marine compulsion

  1. Cliff says:

    I like the first one, though I’m drawn for some reason to power lines.

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