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.

Advertisements

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.
This entry was posted in Birds, flowers, Hutt River, Rimutaka Forest park, Rivers, Wainuiomata, Weather. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s