December 1, 2014 … an ill wind

Wild winds continue to plague the supposedly warm season.

Grass

Hare’s tail grasses bobbing in the wind at the coast

 

I followed the Wainuiomata Coast Road to the South Coast where nothing was happening, or at least nothing that caught my eye. Hare’s tail grass was thrashing frantically under the unrelenting force of the Northerly.

Stream

Catchpool Stream

 

A few kilometres up the road I went into the Catchpool Valley and from the ford across the stream looked to the North. The steep hills protected the river from the wind.

Spoonbill

Royal spoonbill searching for food

 

From the top of the Wainuiomata Hill, the view over the harbour was flat and the clarity spoiled by the salt in the air. Down at the Hutt Estuary, a pair of Royal Spoonbills were foraging in the mud. This one was crippled and was limping badly.

Pohutukawa

Nature’s finest natural Christmas tree

 

The switch has been pulled and from now on, pohutukawa trees in the region will burst into brief but magnificent blossom.

I’m tired, so off to bed.

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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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