December 18, 2014 … downtown to out of town

Wellington city was crazy yesterday.

Bowen House

Bowen House … parliamentary offices on Lambton Quay

 

Parking was impossible. I suspect that with teachers and others on their summer holiday, Christmas shopping was to blame for the scarcity of parking spots. Eventually, I found one a considerable way from where I wanted to be. Oh well, the weather was much better than forecast, so a walk along Lambton Quay was no hardship. At the intersection with Whitmore Street, I paused to capture the imposing bulk of Bowen House which houses politician and their staff.

Court

Some days rough, some days smooth

 

Behind me, the reflecting pools of the Supreme Court were unruffled by the very light Northerly.

Lambton

Lambton Quay

 

Walking along the Quay was really very pleasant on such a day, despite the bustle of shoppers and business folk out getting lunch.

Chocolate

Calorific overload

 

Since I was a little ahead of schedule for lunch with my friend, I ducked into Kirkcaldie and Stains, the somewhat upmarket department store that has been part of the Wellington shopping scene forever. I was seeking a particular kind of gluten-free fudge for Mary, and knew that they were the only Wellington stockists. While I was being served, I snatched a shot of the chocolate cabinet. Beware, calories can be gained from looking at this image.

Stilt

Stilt and chicks

 

I took the long way home, via Pauatahanui. and at the Pauatahanui ponds, saw this stilt contrasting with the green weed. Not till this morning did I realise that two of the small rocks near the bird had legs. These would be the reason why the adult birds were flying aggressively to chase me away.

And now the weather has gone.

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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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One Response to December 18, 2014 … downtown to out of town

  1. gcberger says:

    A Viewer of the chocolates should expand the view to get the full impact. I went into chocohaulic overload on the up-click

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