July 21, 2014 … heavy weather, worse to come

Some wild weather is upon us.


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.


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.


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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