August 1, 2014 … red rays to golden beams

I was being lazy.


This won’t come as a surprise to some readers, especially those who know me best. From the wind noise round the house, the day was likely to be grey and mean-spirited, so I stayed in my bed catching up with the events of the day. On Facebook, a friend on the Kapiti coast had just posted a spectacular red sunrise, taken on his iPhone. I looked up and sure enough there was a crimson glow in the little gap between the curtains. I ran downstairs (yes, my knee is better, thank you for asking) to grab my camera and ran back up to catch the bright red light of a winter morning. Of course, it was past its best when I got there, but still quite bright. Five minutes later there was just grey. “Sic transit gloria mundi“*


Camera club business required me to deliver some prints to Kilbirnie, so I spotted the wind sculpture waving wildly about. I may try this again differently another time. The camera sat on the ground just a little off-centre from the pivoting wand  and was triggered remotely.


In the afternoon, I headed Westward, and as I came over the ridge at the end of Grey’s Road, saw some interesting light out on the water at Plimmerton. I turned back and went up to the water tower on Pope St in Cambourne to get a less impeded view of the bay. Crepuscular rays are always a delight to work with but I haven’t often seen such a well-defined fan of rays or such a well lit area below.
That’s all for today.

*How quickly the glory of the world passes



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 August 1, 2014 … red rays to golden beams

  1. You probably know my ‘hood better than myself by now 🙂

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