November 23, 2014 … a grey mist on the sea’s face*

Wellington Harbour is a constant source of pleasure to me.

ski boat

Ski boat with no skiers


I like flat calm and perfect reflections. I like blue seas and white sails. I like wind-driven green seas surging ashore. I like squalls shrieking across a storm flattened sea. And I like a grey sea through the delicate veil of rain or fog. In all its moods I like it. Yesterday, it was grey, wet and with winds gusting to 140 km/h.  As I went towards the city yesterday, from Petone beach, I spotted the local water ski club doing some high-speed runs in their tow boat. The city and horizon were gone.

Lady Liz

Lady Elizabeth IV. I have known all of the boats in this series and remember well seeing the Lady Elizabeth II powering into massive swells as sh went out in a Southerly storm on an exercise from which she never returned. Two lives were lost.


In Oriental Bay, the police launch, Lady Elizabeth IV was returning to base, and from there looking North, the port had disappeared.


The pilot’s job is to prevent the ship and the rock from overlapping.


At Seatoun Beach, the bulk carrier, Super Challenge was departing, apparently unladen. The pilot launch Tarakena was keeping abreast, ready to take the pilot off once they were clear of the harbour.

That’s the end of my day.

* Sea Fever by John Masefield (again)


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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