September 23, 2014 … Southerly gale

Wild winds attacked much of the country yesterday.


The Southern end of the airport runway disappears under water

A Southerly shrieking up to 120 km/h hurled solid walls of water at the South coast, so of course it was the place I had to go. I began in Lyall Bay where great waves shattered themselves against the South wall of the airport and blasted downwind. The larger planes were still operating though the landings looked hairy and the take-offs were spectacularly steep.

Long waves

Long and slow, and deeply moving

For some reason, I am intensely moved by big waves where the crests are far apart. Memories of Physics 101  and discussions of wavelength and amplitude come to mind, but mostly it is the sheer majesty of all that energy being transmitted through the water.

Big waves

Full frontal

Seeing the same seas from head on is equally impressive. The ponderous weight heading straight at you is quite impressive, especially when it’s green like this.

In shelter

“thy sea is so great and my boat is so small”

I had lunch at a little cafe in Island Bay and watched the waves roll in, and the poor little fishing boats wrenching at their moorings despite being in the lee of Taputeranga Island.  In the last storm one of them washed ashore  and the road had to be closed while a large crane lifted it clear.


Across the harbour entrance

My last shot is from Moa Point across Tarakena Bay and Palmer Head and over the harbour entrance to the lower and upper lights at Pencarrow.

And just like that, it ended.


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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3 Responses to September 23, 2014 … Southerly gale

  1. nzvideos says:

    I am highly impressed by your second shot. The power of wind and water with some sun and your willingness to get out in it gives us such a photo. Many thanks.

  2. brent higham says:

    love wellingtons coast in all weathers i particuary like the island bay shot

  3. Toya says:

    Really cool shots – hope you cleaned all the salt off your lens when you got home 🙂

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