December 21, 2014 … the longest day

Baking smells remind me that Christmas is near.


I wish the picture could capture the smell of these wonderful biscuits (We kiwis don’t use the word “cookies”)

Mary makes the very best shortbread I have ever had, though I should avoid such things. Christmas does allow for a small breach of the rules though. There they were, sitting on the rack cooling. If I can’t eat them (yet) I can at least make a picture.


Pohutukawa turns on its charm


After a shortbread-free lunch I went into town where I noticed that someone has tripped the magic switch that makes the pohutukawa trees all burst into bloom at once. These were on Oriental Parade.

Kio Bay

That’s a heavy-duty pathway and should be good to wear off some calories


In one of the little bays with Evans Bay, there is a pedestrian path  that zigzags up the hill to Te Anau Road. I have often wondered how to make a picture of it. I have the dreadful suspicion that I shall have to walk up there to do it properly. For now, the view from the bottom is all I have.


The fish seem to be committing suicide, and the terns are willing to accommodate them.


As I turned around I spotted a few white-fronted terns. A closer look through the long lens revealed that the water was alive with schooling fish and this was their equivalent of the office Christmas party.

So ends the summer solstice and as yet n serious sign of summer.


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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