December 16, 2014 … it was a blue, blue day*

Whoops! I’m a day late again.


One of those legendary “good days” on which our city “can’t be beaten”


On Monday, the weather was strange. There was little wind, the sky was a blue and there was a big yellow thing up in the sky. Some tribal memory suggests that this might be the situation that our ancestors used to call “summer”. I don’t expect it to last long so I went to the harbour. From Oriental Bay, the view back towards the city past the Carter Fountain was delightful. I felt sorry for all those who had to work and couldn’t be out there to enjoy it.

Trans Future 7

Trans Future 7 tops up or national fleet of cars


At Aotea Quay, one of the ugliest but most effective vessels afloat was moored. The Trans Future 7 (60, 401 Gross Tonnes) can deliver 6,000 cars per voyage. I imagine she dropped a few hundred off in Wellington before sailing to Nelson for the next delivery. The red boot-topping suggests she is still heavily laden, or else carrying a lot of salt water ballast.


Short sharp waves in Lyall Bay, but they let most of them go by.


In Lyall Bay, I was impressed as always by the unquenchable optimism of the surfers who go out and wait for the perfect wave. Time after time, they let most waves pass, and then they see one that has the right shape and they wobble into the upright position before getting dumped into the churning water. It takes a lot of time for little success. Perhaps, like photography, success is in the process rather than the outcome.


Tireless retriever of sticks


Another practitioner of endless patience was the man throwing a big stick for a lightly built dog. Time after time, she crashed through the waves, swam o the stick and swam back with it for it to be thrown again. To misquote from Forrest Gump, “That dog’s a swimming fool“.

I’m getting to th stage where you can tell me whether I am getting there with the new camera.

*Blue blue day by D Gibson (sung by Roy Orbison)


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 December 16, 2014 … it was a blue, blue day*

  1. gcberger says:

    Yup! Getting Better! Colors and resolution appear excellent, especially when enlarged on my 27″ iMac. I’m still using film, and my children (and grandchildren) believe I;m stuck in a rut.

    Merry Christmas to you and Mary

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