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

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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