September 14, 2014 … and a grey mist on the sea’s face*

Spring is teasing us.

Under sail

Spirit of New Zealand enters port under the power of her fore and aft sails

After some lovely days, the veil came down again, and the bright blue, green and gold was replaced by grey. I like grey, in moderation. Yesterday it was present in moderation. I began my photographic day on the beach at Petone, where there was a modicum of local sunshine. To the South, however, Wellington city was wreathed in cloud and mist. Across that scene, the sail training ship, Spirit of New Zealand was ghosting towards the city with lots of sail though sadly, none of her square sails were in use.

Oriental Bay

Misty city from the sunny valley

Light was falling nicely on Oriental Bay and the slopes of Mt Victoria, but most of the rest of the city was obscured. I had to go in to Crofton Downs and was surprised to find it was raining quite steadily in there, and I didn’t emerge into clear sky until I got back to Petone.


Playing on Petone Beach

At the park in the Western end of the beach, I liked the view along the waterline where there were dogs frolicking joyfully in the small surf as the owners looked on knowing that they were going to get the inevitable shower when the dogs shook themselves dry.


The Wedding shoot

Though I was some distance form the wharf, I spotted a wedding party being photographed there and thought it looked very nice.


Oystercatcher with shellfish

My last shot of the day is just in case anyone thinks birds are forgotten. Here we have a pied oystercatcher with a mollusc clamped to its beak. This happens all the time and the birds are adept at sliding the shellfish off and devouring the contents.

Enough for now.

* Sea Fever, by John Masefield



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 September 14, 2014 … and a grey mist on the sea’s face*

  1. I like the story aspect to the Petone shot.

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