So which way did the wind blow yesterday?
After a week of vigorous and sometimes violent Northerlies, Nature paused, too a deep breath and started blowing in the opposite direction. Of course, a Southerly is a different proposition. Thermometers also head South when the wind is coming from there. I began my photographic morning on the South Coast near Moa Point, looking across a very deep blue strait to Tapuae-O-Uenuku. At 2,885 metres it’s a mighty mountain, taller than Ruapehu or Taranaki. I was delighted to read that one interpretation of its name is “footprint of the rainbow”. The recent weather has done a redecorating job, and it now boasts a sparkling white coat which is likely to become much thicker and more consistent before summer comes again.
At the Evan’s Bay Marina, I tried another slow shot. I haven’t paid any attention to this marina previously, and may try again in future. The moorings seem to allow more movement than other marinas offer, so the results are less clear than elsewhere.
In the afternoon, I was at the beach at Petone, and that Southerly wind was really beginning to wind up. solid waves were tumbling on the beach. The Arahura sailed prettily into view and I had to give it a shot.
At Point Howard, the incoming waves were hurling themselves against the sea wall at the Southern end of the Seaview Marina, and shattering into spray which whipped off downwind.
Around the corner in Lowry Bay, it was fun watching waves crash across the road and watching the drivers flinch as the weight of water crash against their vehicles. If you look closely you can see the headlight of a car about to get hit emerging from behind the wave on the left.
At the end of the day the wind was still there but the sky was clear. I was at my desk and I became aware of a redness out the window. A magnificent cloud provided the perfect canvas for Nature’s crimson brush. The Southerly moved the cloud onwards and within a very few minutes the entire apparition was gone.
Something different tomorrow.