May 11, 2014 … Tevye could sing this*

Sunrise, sunset, swiftly flow the days … *

Hutt Valley sunrise

Wondrous start to the day, with dramatic rays piercing the dark landscape

It’s a rare day indeed that I photograph both the sunrise and sunset, Yesterday was such a day. I pulled the curtains back and gaped at the light I saw. Then, risking life, limb, knees, and other joints I crashed downstairs, grabbed my camera and raced back to the bedroom window, terrified that the fleeting moment would be gone.

Near sunset

Late afternoon at the entrance to Porirua Harbour

With that behind me, shower, clothes, breakfast were next, and most of the rest of the day was spent on my keyboard, preparing the latest edition of the camera club newsletter. As the day was nearing its end, and sick of word processing, I went out to the West. I had intended when I left home to go towards the Akatarawa road, but at the last minute some worm in the brain persuaded me to go over the Haywards Hill towards the setting sun. A brief flirtation with the beaches at Karehana Bay and Titahi Bay yielded nothing, so I went for altitude.

At the foot of the cliffs

The Tasman Sea in one of its calm moments

There is a spot at the Northern end of Whitireia Park before the road dives down to the shore again, that offers a good view across the entrance of the Porirua Harbour, and across the Strait to the Marlborough Sounds. From there, many views present themselves. I could see that a very nice sunset was possible, though it was perhaps half an hour away. I filled in time by making slow exposures of the sea as it swirled idly around the rocks at the foot of the cliffs below.

rehearing for the final act

Night is almost upon us

Two photographers from another club turned up and we exchanged amiable conversation as the setting sun prepared to put on a show.


Boom! What a magical moment, what a wonderful gift to watch this glory unfold

I almost left too soon, but I felt well rewarded with this capture. It may be a cliché, but I like it. Mana Island is on the left, and the islands of the Sounds can be seen on the horizon. Tevye sings “one season following another, laden with happiness and tears”*

Goodnight all.

* “Sunrise, Sunset”, from “Fiddler on the Roof” by Sheldon Hamick and Jerry Bock



About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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3 Responses to May 11, 2014 … Tevye could sing this*

  1. Toya says:

    The last images is a stunner!

  2. Adam Rosner says:

    May I be so bold as to suggest a tight crop of the first one – the sunburst observed out the window, that precipitated the tumultuous descent?

  3. Lawrence Herzog says:

    That sunset is a real keeper!

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