March 4, 2015 … wandering, wondering

It was a random sort of day.

Aro Valley

The top end of the Aro Valley behind Kelburn Village

I started taking pictures at the top end of Aro Valley. This is an area that has a demographic and a characteristic unlike any other in Wellington. I can’t define it, but the outsider just gets the impression it is qualitatively different. I am thinking  about the character of Greenwich Village or Haight-Ashbury, though the architecture and topology are wildly different from either place.

Lower Aro

Lower Aro Valley. Gotta love that yellow.

The further down the valley I went, the stronger I felt that “I wasn’t in Kansas any more, Toto”*. This manifests itself in the form of quirky architectural forms or outlandish colour choices.


Jet A1 fuel delivery

My wandering took me through Evans Bay where the tanker Iver Express was discharging aviation fuel for the storage tanks at the airport.  She is a squat looking vessel and added attention is drawn by the bright red scheme.


Huhu beetle, big, clumsy, noisy, but mostly harmless.

My last shot, to fill the quota for the day, was made when I came in from a camera club meeting. There in the light over the door was Huhu beetle (Prionoplus reticularis) . It’s a while since I saw one, and I had forgotten how intimidating they can be. The body is 5 or 6cm in length and when all the parts are in airborne motion it sounds like a Boeing CH47 Chinook helicopter. It tends to whirr and crash into things.

That’s all for today.


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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