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

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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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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