March 3, 2015 … from the island

Regardless of my shortcomings with the camera in the dark the previous night, I had a great time on the island.


The start of a new working week as the sun makes its presence felt.

Matiu/Somes is a wonderful spot from which to observe the start of a new day. It had been warm in the house, even with all the windows open wide. This fooled me into wandering out into the dawn inadequately dressed for the unexpectedly sharp Northerly wind. Nevertheless, I trudged up the hill to the trig point and set up my tripod. It is always a surprise to me, just how much light there is for such a long time before the sun actually appears. My first shot looks to the North East where the light was strongest. The lights in the Hutt Valley speak of people getting ready to go to work on Monday morning. The diagonal line up the hill to the right is the road to Wainuiomata, already busy with morning traffic.


Dawn lights up the city

Behind me to the South West, the day’s first light is already overpowering the electricity in Wellington City and some of those offices are coming to life for the beginning of the new week.


Northward to the Hutt Valley with a cloud of smoke drifting across the Tararuas from the fire at Silverstream.

As the light increased, I became aware of some unusual smoke at the North of the Valley. It seems there was a major fire at the Silverstream landfill site. Of course we didn’t know that until later.


Kakariki … the red-crowned parakeet

After breakfast, we collectively decided we would leave the island on the 12:20pm ferry which gave us about two hours in which to wander the island before gathering at the house for morning tea together and a collective clean-up to restore everything to the state in which we found it. I chose to wander the outermost circuit track, going clockwise around the island. My first encounter with the wildlife was a red-crowned parakeet or kakariki (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae). These are numerous on the island but are very fast movers and agile in flight, so it was a pleasure to find one sitting still and watching me.


Piwakawaka – the fantail

The common fantail or piwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is in danger of being overlooked simply because it is so common. I find it endlessly fascinating and almost impossible to catch in flight.


Matiu/Somes Island and the lighthouse

My last shot from the island is from the South end of the island looking towards Mt Kaukau and over the still operational lighthouse. Down below are the rocks on which the gulls seem to roost.

If you can find an excuse to overnight on Matiu/Somes, don’t miss it.



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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One Response to March 3, 2015 … from the island

  1. Cliff says:

    You didn’t see any Dusky Wood Swallows then?

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