December 24, 2014 … unexpected sunshine

We seem to be having a sample of Summer.


People are welcome to play the piano, though there is a donation box for the periodic tuning required.


I am sure there is a catch, a “gotcha” lurking in the wings. For the second successive day, bright sunshine and warmish temperatures around 25 degrees C.  On the waterfront, near Frank Kitts Park, there is a piano which is available for members of the public to play. A young man was enjoying himself, encouraged by his friends.

Robert C Seamans

Robert C Seamans, a sail training ship from Woods Hole, Massachusetts


Oh, you noticed the sailing ship in the background? She is the Robert C Seamans out of Woods Hole, MA. A fine looking vessel, she is classified by her owners as a brigantine. My reading suggests that a true brigantine is square-rigged on the foremast and has some square sails on the main mast. The absence of the latter suggests she is more accurately a hermaphrodite brig.  Either way, she is very pretty, and yes, the traditions of the sea still cause a ship to be “she”even when named for a man.


Pohutukawa in bloom downtown


Behind the piano man, the city tower blocks were contrasted against the riot of pohutukawa at their base.


Petone Sunset


I thought I had done for the day, but the evening light lured me out again. I got a few shots I liked but enjoyed this one of the city from Petone Beach as the sun disappears in the West

It’s Christmas Eve here, so I’m off to bed.


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 24, 2014 … unexpected sunshine

  1. DennisW says:

    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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