Another grey day in late spring.
The wind was whistling, though the sun was out in a fairly half-hearted sort of way. I chose to head towards the Eastern bays and as I drove through the Seaview area, I spotted a magnificent old truck outside a scrap metal merchant. A 1931 Ford AA was obviously not long out of the restoration process. The tyres were so new that the sprues (soft bristles from the moulding process) had not yet worn off. The vehicle was immaculate and in the tray a pile of scrap steel was artfully arranged and carefully spot-welded in place to prevent it falling off or being stolen.
Behind the truck was the weirdest Christmas tree I have ever seen. Constructed on a spine of steel pipe with carefully arranged pipe branches, the tree’s “foliage”was a careful wrapping of industrial bandsaw blades. My first thought was that it was some sort of razor wire, but the teeth were even more vicious than that. Dangling throughout the tree were decorative pieces of scrap metal. Very clever, but not a thing of beauty.
In Lowry Bay I spotted an oystercatcher. Normally shy birds, this one allowed me to get quite close as I peered around he edge of the colourful boatshed. As you can see the wind is getting under its plumage.
From the other end of the bay, the boatshed’s vibrant colours stood out well against the hazy grey of Mt Kaukau so I got down to the waterline and tried to capture that contrast.
Something different tomorrow, perhaps