July 8, 2014 … dark brown water, bright blue feathers

Perhaps it’s the lack of access to the sea that deters me.


Confluence of the two branches of the Akatarawa River near Upper Hutt

For whatever reason, I don’t visit the upper valley very often. Yesterday was a lovely still sunny day, even as people in the North of the country were preparing for storms and heavy rain.  I took the Akatarawa road and paused for a while at the little park where the Akatarawa River and the West Akatarawa River come together. At least while the river levels are low, it’s a quiet confluence. Tea-brown water is clear enough that the stony bottom is easily visible, and the areas of white water are pretty rather than spectacular.


Through the beech trees, the sun dapples the water

I walked a little way up the main Akatarawa river and shot back towards the junction, enjoying the lovely native bush on the steep hills behind.


Panhandling peacock pleads pitifully

From there, I carried on up the Akatarawa road towards Staglands, a local wildlife farm park. I had forgotten that yesterday was day one of the school holidays, so I chose not to go into the park. I did pause for lunch in their cafe, and felt my blood pressure rising as children chased and teased the peacocks and other birds, under the foolishly indulgent gaze of their parents. I shall return on the next fine day after the school holidays. This splendidly coloured peacock came close in the hop of being invited to share my lunch.

That’s all for today.


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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One Response to July 8, 2014 … dark brown water, bright blue feathers

  1. I so love the shots of the river and the bush, thanks!

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