March 18, 2015 … and the weather it lingers on

Through the morning curtains, it was clear that the rough weather was still with us.


The drizzle was scooting up the valley to the left. Hutt Hospital on the left, Naenae in the background

The Eastern hills were shrouded in low cloud, and the distant view was softened by the persistent drizzle.


Straitsman attempts to fly. Her bulbous forefoot is right out of the water

A strong Southerly wind was still blasting in from the Harbour entrance so that seemed like a good place to go. I arrived just in time to miss the broadside view of the Straitsman making a run for the sea. Just watching her made me feel uneasy. If you click to see the larger version, there are people on the upper deck near the funnel looking over the rail.


For every skyward leap, she buried her nose soon after. If you look under her stern you can see the spray where her props are thrashing on the surface

She was pitching through a total arc that I estimate to be about thirty degrees. I really hoped that those vehicles on the exposed after deck were well and truly chained down.


Green water

As the Straitsman disappeared to the West, I checked the other way and saw some heavy green water. Despite being a poor sailor, I like big seas and enjoy looking at long ocean rollers. I timed the waves and the period between each wave crest was about thirteen seconds. At the height of the storm, I read that the period was as much as twenty-five seconds. Those are seriously long and powerful waves.

Goodnight all.


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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