July 21, 2014 … heavy weather, worse to come

Some wild weather is upon us.

Waves

Green swells at Palmer head

It was not extreme weather, but ugly, cold uncomfortable stuff. A solid Southerly blast that drove big swells onto the rocks at Palmer Head and brought a hint of ice with the spiteful rain it carried. Mary wanted to walk yesterday, despite all that, and agreed to coordinate with my daily photography jaunt. I dropped her at the Pass of Branda and we agreed to meet at the Spruce Goose restaurant in Lyall Bay. That’s about a 45 minute walk at her pace so I drove on to the point and set up my camera in its storm jacket and tried to capture the essence of the solid green waves clawing at the rocks. The rocks were unmoved.

Gull

Juvenile black-backed gull learning about kelp the hard way

Further round the coast, in the rock pools near Moa Point, this juvenile black-backed gull was learning a tough lesson. It thought it had a quick meal if it could open the mussel shell. Unfortunately, the clump of kelp had firmly attached its holdfast to the shell, so when the gull tried to lift the shell in readiness to drop it on the rocks, it was unable to lift it clear. It was too cold to linger so I have no  idea if the bird ever found a way to release the shell.

Surf rescue boat

Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club rescue boat in the surf

I got to Lyall Bay and saw kite surfers racing back and forth, but also saw the Surf life Saving Club’s rescue boat crew getting in some practice in the surf. Or perhaps they were just having fun.

Rescue boat

Airborne boat

Racing head on to the incoming waves launched them skywards and I suspect that the jolt when they hit the water again must have been considerable. Mary arrived at the restaurant and despite the short wait for a table, we enjoyed the warmth, the service and the good coffee at Spruce Goose.

Snow is a rare visitor to Wellington, but there  may be some tonight.

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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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