Nor’Westers in Wellington are frustrating.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.