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