My alarm was set for 4:45 am yesterday.
Ridiculous isn’t it? I had read that the cruise ship Voyager of the Seas was due to call and would pick up the pilot off the heads at 6 am. She is the largest cruise ship ever to visit Wellington so, loaded with all the necessary kit I set out for Palmer Head on the Western side of the harbour entrance, hoping that I would get some nice shots against the rising sun. Events did not cooperate. The sun was still well below the horizon, but the sky was filled with rosy light. In addition, I found not one, but two cruise ships approaching the harbour. The second one was the boutique cruise ship, the Seabourn Odyssey.
As the big ship came closer, the sheer scale of the thing became more apparent. I was perched on rocks more or less at the waterline, so the low angle helps to accentuate her bulk.
Soon she had passed and was on her way into the harbour. And now the sun made its appearance over the Eastern hills.
This at least had the benefit of more dramatically lighting the Seabourn Odyssey as she picked up her pilot in turn.
When she too had gone, I drove around Evans Bay to Pt Jerningham where it seemed everything was happening at once. If you click to enlarge this image you will see the Voyager of the Seas with her two attendant tugs. There is a beautifully kept old launch heading Eastward, and there are four rowing shells about to engage in a handicap race under the watchful eye of two boatloads of rowing coaches. The ferry Aratere has just passed out of view to the right, and if you look just near the furthest rowing shell, you will see the yellow swim cap of a long distance swimmer plugging steadily through all the chaos.
My last shot today is a multi-image panorama showing that we had a fantastic start to the day in the harbour capital.
Though I remain skeptical, perhaps there is something to this idea of mornings.