March 8, 2015 … wild, wet and dark

After a mostly excellent summer, last night was a bit of a shock.

Oriental Bay

Oriental Bay as the rain sweeps in on the Northerly

Admittedly summer was very late arriving, and I hope it will be equally reluctant to depart. However, it came as a shock to experience what seemed like a winter evening. There was a lot happening in Wellington this weekend, and some  events were cancelled due to the unexpected downpour and a lot of surface flooding.

Lady Liz

Lady Elizabeth IV makes a run for the sea in search of a kayaker.

Out in Island Bay, a kayaker had been reported missing and the Police Launch, Lady Elizabeth IV made a fast run out through the harbour mouth on her way to search for the missing person. Happily he turned up safe and well so the search was called off. I was relieved. The last time I watched a police launch (The Lady Elizabeth II)  leave port in a hurry in 1986, she never returned, and two of her crew died.

Passsat Spring

Passat Spring waits for loading to resume

Across the harbour, a container ship Passat Spring seems to have suspended operations. The container cranes are stowed away anyway.


Heavy weather

Looking up the harbour from Pt Jerningham, the heavy cloud over the valley seems to threaten even more rain.

Let’s see what happens tomorrow.


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 8, 2015 … wild, wet and dark

  1. Neil Gordon says:

    Forgive the meteorologist reaction, Brian, but given the forecasts, including a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Wellington yesterday afternoon and evening, it wasn’t exactly an “unexpected downpour”, and I think events were in fact postponed or cancelled because of the forecasts. 🙂

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