March 16, 2015 … nor any drop to drink*

I went to Wellington twice yesterday.

Wellington

“A typical Wellington Day at Last” … this is just before the wings of Tropical Cyclone Pam brushed us

My first visit was to collect Mary from the airport as she returned from a week of grandchild-sitting in Queenstown.  Being early for important events like this means I have time to make images.  My first one was from the same place I stood a few days earlier, near the Bluebridge Ferry terminal. This time the harbour was calm, and the sky was blue with some nice clouds.

Straitsman

The ferry “Straitsman” loading for a trip to Picton

Speaking of the Bluebridge ferry, their vessel “Straitsman” was in port. From the waterside, she looks quite big. Vertically, she is big, Lengthwise, she is disproportionately short. I think her accommodation block is not much different to that of the Interisland Line’s Kaitaki, but the deck behind is somehow truncated.

Marina

Chaffers marina and Clyde Quay Wharf

We had dinner guests in the evening and I took them back to their hotel in the city afterwards. That gave me the opportunity to capitalize on the continuing calm on the harbour. From the Eastern end of Te Papa there is a nice view of Chaffers Marina and the recently completed “Clyde Quay Wharf apartment complex where the Overseas Passenger Terminal once stood.  This was a long exposure, thirty seconds, and I feared that the boats would move considerably in that time. They seem to have stayed relatively still.

Sculpture

Solace of the Wind keeps the city company all through the night

On the Northern side of Te Papa, there is the well known, often photographed sculpture “Solace of the Wind” by Max Patte. It caught my fancy that this sculpture stands there leaning into the wind by day or night, in good weather and bad. It is inextricably part of the city, so I tried for an image that expresses that relationship.

That’s all today.

*”The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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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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