Yesterday I spent the night on an island.
Matiu/Somes Island sits in the middle of Wellington Harbour, and was once a quarantine station. Eventually, it dawned on he scientists that the separation from the mainland was inadequate for the quarantine function, so it has subsequently become a nature reserve. Eight members of the Hutt Camera Club hired one of the cabins on the island and booked an overnight stay.
There is significant wildlife on the island, most significant to which are the Tuatara. I saw several of them, but was totally inept at using my camera in the dark, and especially at finding the animal in the viewfinder and manually focusing. Next time I shall be better prepared. This time, I compensated by some landscapes and maritime shots. The concrete gun emplacements on the high points are remnants of WWII. I imagine that by military standards, the garrison would be regarded as an easy post in its day.
Matiu/Somes is the major breeding colony in the region for the Black-backed gulls (Larus dominicanus). They are common throughout the Southern hemisphere, but despite their universal presence they are an elegant bird. They like to soar in the wave lift from the wind over the island.
As the first day drew to a close, the cruise line Voyager of the Seas departed and afforded us a different perspective that was available from the usual onshore vantage points.
We all roamed the various paths of the island in the dark, and for the reasons mentioned above, I was unsuccessful. I consoled myself with some night shots of the cit and the last light of the day.
It’s a magical place.