I seem to be living the last chapter of the Lord of the Rings.
If memory serves,it was all about the Grey Havens and preparation for the trip to Valinor. The Wellington region has had a surfeit of greyness in the last week or so. Nevertheless I went out in search of possible photographs. At Plimmerton, where a friend had recently seen the rare shore plover, I found nothing but some gulls, and on an offshore rock, a small flock of white-fronted terns. Without my long lens, I am still handicapped, but this tern joining the group looked nice.
Back at Motukaraka Point in the Pauatahanui inlet, I saw kingfishers aplenty, but just could not get close enough for real bird work with the borrowed lens. Nevertheless it’s a very nice lens and reverting occasionally to the broader view is OK. There are two kingfishers in this image and there were another three in the tree over my head. As always, if you click on this or any other image you will see a larger version.
The inlet is also popular with windsurfers, though I suspect that this is the nursery school … the waters are shallow and mostly sheltered. The sail colours were irresistible, despite the steady drizzle adding yet more greyness to the scene.
Wellington is a very hilly region, and with our climate that means there are many streams. Increasing population density means that many of the smaller streams have been tamed, and now run beneath roads and houses in concrete channels and they see the light of day when they emerge to join the Hutt River or enter the harbour. This one comes down from the hills near Kelson, passes under the motorway at Belmont, and emerges near the Belmont school to flow into the Hutt River just below the Kennedy-Good Bridge. The graffiti is extensive and colourful, and must have cost its perpetrators many cans of spray paint. The location means it will never have a large audience.
I went up onto the Kennedy-Good Bridge and took this slow shot looking North up the Hutt River. I think th South facing shot would be nice, but it’s a busy bridge with no safe place to stand on that side.
The weather outside is grey and windy.