March 27, 2015 … waterfront wandering

Well, here I am again, near the waterfront.


Street Art in progress

Waitangi Park was my start point. The first thing I saw was a young man spraying a concrete wall with aerosol paint cans. This was not the mindless vandalism that I so despise, but rather some artistry om a wall set up for the purpose. With his permission, I took a few pics and he even asked me to take one for him on his smartphone. I still tend to dislike most forms of “street art”.


Rock in the Waitangi Wetland

Behind me, there was an artificial wetland, and some very large boulders brought in to help clean up the Waitangi Stream which until the park was built had been in an underground culvert. To my sorrow, some idiot had to “tag the back of the boulder.

Te Papa

The back corner of Te Papa

Nearby, is the National Museum, Te Papa. It is fashionable to disparage the architecture of the building . I have always quite liked it. It has all sorts of shapes and interesting viewpoints.


The world’s oldest floating steam crane, Hikinui

Moored nearby is the old steam-powered floating crane, the Hikinui. The old girl has come in for some adverse publicity recently when foolish young men have ignored exclusion signs climbed to the tip of its boom and jumped more than 40 metres into the harbour. Sadly, the second of the two known attempts ended badly when the diver hit the water on his back and failed to surface.  His friends have created something of a shrine beside the vessel on the wharf.

That’s all today.




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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