August 10, 2014 … this ole house*

Once a month it’s time for the camera club newsletter.


“This ole house was home and comfort as (they) fought the storms of life”*

It’s a real time-sponge and my weekend tends to disappear  when it’s due. I depend greatly on the goodwill and tolerance of my dear wife. Add to that the need to get out and make a few images and things get really squeezed. We were booked to go to a concert by Orchestra Wellington in the evening so the window of opportunity was very small.  My first shot was taken on the road from Johnsonville to Tawa … this old house is sandwiched between the railway line and a steep ban You can see the catenary wires passing under the dormer windows. I am not sure when it was last occupied, but I believe it was not so long ago.


Glittering sun on a silver sea

My next shot was at Whitireia park where I caught the afternoon light reflecting on the Tasman sea in a remarkably benign mood.


Pied stilt browsing

By now I was too far from home with too little time to do anything useful, so I counted myself lucky to see a collection of pied stilts on the ponds at Pauatahanui. The reflections were a delight.


Reeds at Pauatahanui

Even if the birds had not been present, I would have enjoyed the reflections of the wonderful grasses that cover much of the Eastern end of the inlet.

The concert was fantastic.

*”This ole house” by Stuart Hamblen (1954)




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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One Response to August 10, 2014 … this ole house*

  1. Adam Rosner says:

    I’ve seen that house from the train sometimes and always wanted to photograph it – preferably under dramatic lighting. One to bookmark definitely

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