November 29, 2014 … it was a dark and stormy night*

Yesterday’s journey began in Porirua.


Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) in early bloom in Porirua


After a pleasant lunch with a photographic friend, I  headed up to the hills of Whitireia Park after first pausing to observe the early bloomers on the Pohutukawa trees.


Long wind-blown grasses are home to the skylark


I had hoped to see skylarks in the long grass on the hill, but the wind and rain were such that all I took were a few shots of the long grass itself.

Weather (1)

Weather from the South … viewed from the top of Normandale


By the time I got home, the weather had cleared. After dinner Mary observed that there was a noteworthy dark cloud front approaching from the South. Mindful of the relatively empty photographic cupboard, I excused myself and went up to the top of Normandale Rd. From there, I compiled a four-shot panorama of the weather coming our way.


Oil operations at Seaview


Down at the oil terminal at Seaview, our old friend the Stena Polaris was offloading petroleum products and its lights against the darkness of the incoming storm offered a little drama.

Weather (3)

Southerly weather

Halfway down the hill, towards home I paused for one more shot before the weather became more intimate. As I was collapsing the tripod after this shot the first fat drops of rain began to fall.

That’s enough for now.

*with acknowledgement to Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the true father of purple prose


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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One Response to November 29, 2014 … it was a dark and stormy night*

  1. Adam Rosner says:

    Loving the “Southerly Weather” shot – the cloud formations are quite spectacular. Well done (-:

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