January 23, 2015 … neither fish nor fowl

It was an odd day photographically.


Boat sheds at Paremata looking under the road bridges

True to the title, neither fish nor fowl were photographed. There was sunshine, but though it was calm at home, when I got to Paremata the wind was lively to say the least. The reflections I sought were nowhere to be seen. From the walkway near the Mana Marina, there is a view back under the road bridge to the boats moored at the famous boatsheds. I liked the framing offered by the bridge.


Porirua City expands up the hill at the Aotea subdivision

The seawall that separates the Marina from the rest of the harbour is walkable, if somewhat rough on the ankles. It offers some interesting viewpoints from which to see Porirua city and the one that got my attention was the view of the Aotea subdivision to the East of SH1 and just South of the historic Gear homestead. At first sight I thought I was looking at a parched landscape, but that’s bare clay as the developer does the earthworks for the next stage of the development.


Porirua City Centre as seen from Paremata

To the South from the same point, is Porirua City centre with Tawa and Linden up the valley behind it on the way to Johnsonville. The hills to the right are near Colonial Knob.


The weir at Silverstream

Dissatisfied, I went back to the Hutt Valley and with the dinner hour approaching was wondering what I could do to provide a better selection of images for the day. One of my desperation fallbacks is the weir on the Hutt River at Silverstream. Flow is very low in the river at present, so the downstream rocks were more exposed than usual, as was the undercutting below the weir itself. That lower ledge was not visible on previous visits.


Low flow on the Hutt River

I climbed onto a dry patch  and took the view along the weir and as you can see, the flow was more of a thin sheet of water sliding down the concrete than the heavy brown torrent I have captured previously. The weed on the river bed is more visible than I have seen before.

As I said, the day was “neither fish nor fowl”



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 23, 2015 … neither fish nor fowl

  1. metrosideros says:

    Hi Brian
    I’m part of the team for a new website called TalkWellington. Our aim is to empower Wellingtonians with good info about how their place is being shaped, and what that means. We’d love to feature your Aotea photo to illustrate a post (about urban trees), obviously with full attribution and a link back to this post. Would you be OK with that? Please let us know asap by emailing: kiaora [at] talkwellington.org.nz
    Many thanks!

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