November 4, 2014 … wind, waves and venomous tentacles

Wind howling at 140 km/h from the Northwest suggested Pukerua Bay might be interesting.


White-faced heron prowling through a very large self-service seafood restaurant

On the way there, I passed through Pauatahanui inlet, but saw little of interest other than a white-faced heron stalking elegantly through the mud and executing any mud crabs foolish enough to show themselves.


Wind-driven waves at Pukerua Bay

At Pukerua Bay, the wave height was less than I hoped for, and I had to get the camera down to water level to convey the right impression. That shadow against the sky in the  background is Kapiti Island.


Portuguese Man of War … surprisingly this is not a single animal, “but a colony of specialized minute individuals called zooids” (Wikipedia)

As I clambered over the rocks, I spotted a blue jewel surging back and forth in the somewhat turbid water of one of the pools. It was a very small jellyfish. Several people have conformed that it was a Portuguese Man of War, or Bluebottle. Under either name its venomous tentacles can inflict excruciating pain, and in rare circumstances, can cause death. The lens I was using won’t focus closer than 1.8 metres so I was well outside the danger zone.

Pukerua Bay

Pukerua Bay from the hill road . slow exposure

Driving up the steep hill towards SH1, I was distracted by the glittering afternoon sun on the surging water. With a tripod, neutral density filters and a remote trigger I set up for a slow exposure, but had to lean very hard on the tripod to keep it all still in the howling wind.

Something else tomorrow.


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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