May 7, 2014 … wind, waves and spores

Nor’Westers in Wellington are frustrating.

Kapiti coast

Pukerua Bay, looking towards Paekakariki. If you click to enlarge, you will see the Southern tip of Kapiti on the left hand side at the horizon

If they are strong enough, they make it unpleasant to be out in. They spoil the chances of photography on the inlet, and you have to go quite a distance to see decent waves on the sea. Yesterday I decided that Pukerua Bay was the nearest place that gets the full force of swells off the Tasman Sea. From high on the road that leads down to the beach, the sea state was less than I had hoped for, but the clouds around the Paekakariki Hill were dramatic. Kapiti Island was likewise hiding, and you can just see its Southernmost tip on the horizon.

Pukerua Bay

Pou tangaroa … the Maori equivalent of a totem pole … a statement of guardianship

At beach level, once you reach the end of the road, almost the first thing you encounter is the big pou tangaroa … a carving by Ngati Toa carver and Pukerua Bay resident, Herman Salzmann. It represents the guardianship of that coastline felt by the local Ngati Toa people. As you can see, the waves in the background were vigorous but not massive.

rocky coast

The Paekakariki coast line with cloud

Back up the coast to the North, that cloud was even more dramatic from sea-level, and the glitter of the sun on the water was in striking contrast to the dark bulk of the coastal rocks.

Wave action

Foaming tide in Pukerua Bay. Note the untouched pool at bottom right. Yes, this is a slow exposure with the ND filter.

In the bay itself, the waves were surging into the jagged rocks, seeking out every cranny and coming perilously close to giving me wet feet.

in Normandale

Colourful roadside fungi

In the afternoon, the wind had not abated, but there was more sunshine, so I went looking in my own neighbourhood. I had collected Cooper from School again, and on the way, noticed some fungi that were worth a second look.

Poto Road Reserve

More fungi growing in the wood chips in the new reserve

A new reserve further up the hill has been cleaned out and planted in native trees and shrubs. Weed control is by way of a layer  of wood chips. They seem ineffective in that role, but provide a fine nursery for all kinds of fungi. I shall visit there again

Time to meet a friend for lunch so that’s all for today.

 

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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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