November 9, 2014 … before dawn until quite late

Slowly, slowly, life will come back to normal.

Silverstream

Mist on the river near Silverstream

The photographic convention is behind us, and though it was hugely enjoyable, it disrupted the normal flow of life. Yesterday’s programme started at some ridiculously early hour, on the Hutt River in the Taita Gorge. Since I was staying at home rather than on-site, I had to drive there even earlier.As I crossed the bridge at Silverstream, there was some mist swirling on the river and on the paddocks near St Patrick’s College.  Of course, I stopped to seize the moment. Just as well, when the convention participants emerged half an hour later, the mist had gone.

Scouring

A changed landscape below the weir after recent heavy rains

Nevertheless, at the convention, I learned some things about seeing, and though I was at first inclined to move on, I paused to revisit the weir. I was astonished at the amount of scouring that seems to have occurred downstream from the weir since my last visit.

Shags

Pied shags and Little Black shags at Pauatahanui

In the afternoon, I helped guide a group through the Pauatahanui reserve, and as the participants scattered on the various pathways, I went to the Southern hide and saw a cluster of shags against the glittering water.

Nest

Sitting on the eggs

In the hide near Grays Rd, we learned that there was a pied stilt sitting on a clutch of eggs in the little scrape that passes for a nest. The day ended with food, drink and entertainment and that is all I have to say about that.

More tomorrow after which normal service should resume.

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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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