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.


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’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.


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 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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