February 12, 2015 … a dry landscape

When it’s calm I have to seize the opportunity.

Heron

Is it a bird or an umbrella handle?

At Pauatahanui, I went looking and saw little of interest. I turned round at Motukaraka and was heading back when I saw what looked like an umbrella handle sticking up out of the sun-bleached grass. It was a white-faced heron, but though it kept a wary eye on me, it seemed to tolerate my presence reasonably well. I got onto the walkway and then lay prone so as to shoot across the grass.

Wainuiomata

In the Wainuiomata valley

In the afternoon I headed down the Wainuiomata Coast Road where the pastures were desiccated. Thought I feel for the farmers whose business is at risk, I have to say that the landscape is picturesque in these conditions.

Shag

Black shag in a bush setting

At the Rimutaka State Forest Park, in the Catchpool Valley, I encountered an oddity for a bush setting … a black shag was enjoying the warmth of the stones at the edge of the Catchpool stream. It was more skittish than the heron and departed quickly.

Stream

Catchpool stream

It left me with undisturbed possession of a peaceful reflective pool in a beautiful piece of bush.

That will do for today.

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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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