No other human was in sight.
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?
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, 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.
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.