There was a stunning silence.
The wind had gone. Of course it will be back, but for a delightful day, or perhaps two, there has been that magical calm. In Oriental Bay, the old Marina was still a little ruffled when I arrived, but the boats were not bouncing around as they had been in recent weeks.
Looking up from the same pot, there is a good view of St Gerard’s Church and Monastery. As a young country, we don’t have the architectural antiquities that other countries do, but this building has been a dominant feature of the Wellington landscape since 1908 in the case of the church, and 1932 in the case of the monastery. The Redemptorist order has long gone, and the place is now home to a mission community.
To the East, these three men sitting in companionable conversation reminded me of the British sitcom, “The Last of the Summer Wine“.
Last night was a camera club night and we finished as the twilight was fading. The stillness promised reflections in the Seaview Marin, and there were. However, I had left my tripod at home. I gave it my best attempt at a hand-held shot. I leaned the camera against a rock for stability, held my breath, and the result is an amazing testimony to the stabilization capability of the Fujifilm XT-1 lenses. f2.8 for 0.4 seconds. Hand-held!
May the wind stay away a bit longer.