October 7, 2014 … waiting out the storm

In theory, yesterday was the start of Wellington’s cruise ship season.

Stena Polaris

Stena Polaris waiting for safer conditions before proceeding to the berth at Pt Howard.

None came. The passengers who didn’t come were spared an ugly day in the city with winds gusting to 140 km/h. From the Western end of Petone beach I could see that the Stena Polaris, a petrol tanker recently arrived from Marsden Point was anchored in the harbour. She is an occasional visitor to Wellington and seems a bit bigger and definitely more colourful than the other tankers on the coastal distribution circuit.


A fierce Southerly blow driving waves ashore at Petone

The car park was devoid of the usual line of people eating their solitary lunch and gazing at the harbour. Perhaps this was because the waves bursting on the sea wall were throwing salt spray a long way downwind. I parked a reasonable distance away and attempted to convey the wildness of the day.

More waves

More waves obscure the view of the city

The wooden walkway along the sea wall was frequently inundated, and the scrubby area behind it was just swamped with endless streams of water flowing out across the paths and back to the sea.

It died down overnight.



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 October 7, 2014 … waiting out the storm

  1. Toya says:

    GreaT shots of the waves!

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