March 5, 2015 … down by the riverside

I didn’t want to go far yesterday.

Cranes

Jurassic Park revisited?

My shots were all taken in the precinct of Sladden Park in Petone, beside the Hutt River. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may recall the burning of the old Hutt Memorial College. I don’t recall reading any news of an arrest for that very obvious arson. Since then the remains have been demolished and construction of a large retirement complex is under way. The cranes looming over the trees reminded of a herd of giraffes looking for fresh foliage, or perhaps that scene from the movie Jurassic Park when the scientists first lay eyes on the browsing Diplodocus.

Landing

Here I come, ready or not.

I pushed through the trees that separate the cricket pitch from the river bank and found a stranded tree in the river being used as a roost by a flock of royal spoonbills. As I watched, a large spoonbill came flying in and claimed the top spot from another bird that had dared to occupy it. There was no “excuse-me”, but a direct landing into the already occupied perch. Boom! The displaced bird hopped down onto a lower branch.

Fight

These are the same two birds and by now the action is purely punitive.

However, the late arrival had not yet finished and pursued his enemy, snapping at his legs with that remarkable bill. Given the vast area of the bill I can’t imagine it exerts a lot of pressure, but it looked and sounded frightening. The rash intruder flew off into the distance.

Logs

Double headed log train bound for the port

A heavy rumble and the blast of a whistle announced the arrival of a log train onto the iron rail bridge at Moera. The pine logs would be bound for the port and thence for export to China.

A new day tomorrow.

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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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One Response to March 5, 2015 … down by the riverside

  1. John Beveridge says:

    I noticed in this blog you mentioned the The Hutt Memorial Tech College had been burnt down.
    I guess you are talking about the HVMTC in Petone.
    I went to that college and visited it on one time when I was back in NZ. I have lived in Canada
    now for the past 56 years. How did it get burnt down?

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