June 18, 2014 … South Coast in a Nor’Wester

No other human was in sight.

South Coast, Wainuiomata

Can you see the “foam-people” surfing down the front of that wave? Wainuiomata Beach

Wainuiomata’s South Coast is a wild place even in fine weather, Even so, there are usually people fishing or walking on the beach. Yesterday I was completely alone. It was late afternoon, the temperature was low and that persistent Nor’Wester was still with us. There was a weak solution of sunshine that lit up the spray blowing off the waves. Is it just me, or can anyone else see mer-people on the front of that wave with arms outstretched and heads up?

Baring Head

Baring Head

From down on the beach, the Baring Head lighthouse is just out of sight over the ridge, and only the old radio masts and a small wind turbine can be seen in silhouette from here.

Kaitaki inbound

There are ferries at the bottom of my garden (actually, if you say it in a broad kiwi accent, it works)

Kaitaki, the interisland ferry was on  the horizon, listing as she begins her turn into the harbour. At first sight, I thought that was another person on the left side of the picture, but it proved to be a sign asking for the public to avoid the dotterel nesting area further up the beach.


The last dose of a niggardly ration of sunshine … from Wainuiomata Hill

By the time I got back to the top of the Wainuiomata Hill, the sun was just sharing the very last light  of day  before plunging the Hutt Valley into gloom and then night.

That’s all.


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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2 Responses to June 18, 2014 … South Coast in a Nor’Wester

  1. I don’t know about the “mer-people”, but I think this shot is definitely one of your best. This deserves a large print and mounting. Excellent. Thank You.

  2. atwistedpair says:

    Outstanding, Brian (especially img_9884). Stefan T-W

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