February 5, 2015 … shelter from the gale

Sometimes it seems as if the wind is settling down.

Celebrity Solstice

Passengers come on the Celebrity Solstice at this time of year in the expectation of balmy summer days. No such luck today.


And then it roars back into life. I felt sorry for the passengers on the Celebrity Solstice in town yesterday in a howling Nor’Westerly. I watched some of them walking along the quay back to the ship, staggering as they struggled to make headway. It must have conformed all the worst stereotypes of our fair city.


Three terns to the right


In Evans Bay, the white-fronted terns were huddled on the old derelict wharf at the site of the Patent Slip. They were all weather-cocked into the wind.

More terns

Terns don’t mind mingling with the gulls as long as it is sheltered from the wind


Usually, a few there means  that there is a bigger group sheltering elsewhere. Since the wind was from the North I suspected I might find hem sheltering on the slope of the beach at Petone where the Korokoro stream enters the harbour. A small group mingled with red-billed gulls were indeed sheltering below the shell bank at the top of the beach, but not the flock I hoped for.

And still it blows.


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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