February 17, 2015 … all day I face the barren waste*

The sun came back towards the end of yesterday.


the oasis becomes the desert

For sanity’s sake, I went out to make some pictures. The conditions tended to favour Pauatahanui, I thought. I was shocked when I got there, to find the pond nearest the Gray’s Road entrance was a parched expanse of cracked mud.


White-faced heron ponders the empty pool

A solitary white-faced heron was sitting disconsolately wondering where the water had gone.

Pied stilt

Our baby has grown up

I went round the track to the hide, and sat inside for a while, enjoying the cool breeze through the ports and wondering like heron, why these tidally refreshed ponds were so short of sea water. However, I think I saw a juvenile pied stilt, almost certainly one of those that was a fluffy ball of grey fluff in December.

I survived the day.

*”Cool Water” by Bob Nolan



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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