Things are improving.
Though not yet back to normal, I have regained a degree of mobility in my knee and was able to walk without too much discomfort, though stairs were still problematic. With the knee bent, I can put no load on it yet. Naturally I wanted to get out and take pictures, so Pauatahanui seemed accessible. No stairs, anyway. Nor were there many birds of interest. The wind was chilly and rain was imminent so I wasn’t game for any extremes of bird chasing. However, some patches of sunlight in an otherwise dark landscape appealed to me.
Somewhere just to the right of that white building on the shoreline of the first photograph, is the access to one of the bird hides, so I thought to drive over there. As I got into my car, a song thrush hopped into view. They are very pretty birds, though this one had clearly been delving into some less than pretty material.
The bird hide was a disappointment, in that there were few birds of interest within useful range. However, as I walked back across the boardwalk over the marshes, I liked the contrast between the gold-washed reeds and the dark hills behind. Adding to the scene was the steady stream of commuter traffic heading along Grays Road to join SH2 at Plimmerton.
Another often-photographed view from the boardwalk is the Anglican church at Pauatahanui. I have made shots of it on many prior visits, but the contrasting light was rather nice.
And that’s all for now.