January 2, 2015 … reaching for summer

So now the new year begins.

Today’s photographs were made yesterday, New Year’s day.

Pied stilt

The chick is to the rear and below the parent

 

With Mary, I went to Pauatahanui. She walked the new path (Te Ara Piko)  while I grabbed some shots and claimed our lunch spot. I had to stop by the ponds to see if the pied stilt chicks were doing well. I saw only on where previously I saw four. This does not necessarily mean the other three have met some awful fate.

Stilt (2)

Decoy bird

 

Of course the moment you get near a stilt chick, another bird will take to the air squawking and trying to lure you away from the chick. This one chose to do so against the colourful mat of weed that has appeared in the ponds recently.

Heron

White faced heron does a low and slow fly by

 

We enjoyed our lunch at Motukaraka point, and I took the opportunity to capture a white-faced heron in flight.

Pohutukawa

Pohutukawa’s crimson glory

 

As we were packing up after lunch, the pohutukawa which had provided shade demanded attention. It’s flowers were at the peak of their splendour  and soon as is already happening elsewhere, those lovely red stamens will be a dusky carpet around the base of the tree and a reminder that summer is a fleeting thing.

That’s enough for now.

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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 January 2, 2015 … reaching for summer

  1. Toya says:

    I saw all four yesterday, one of them was constantly wandering away from the other three but all four are alive and kicking 🙂

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