April 19, 2015 … a chilly wind

The apprenticeship continues.

Tow boats

Tow boats rounding the inner marker with their skiers completely obscured in the wakes. The old trawler in the background has been there for a while and I wonder if it has been arrested.

Likewise the mistakes all teach me something. Yesterday was a very bleak day in Wellington with a vicious Northerly and very low temperatures. I had noticed a lot of very large power boats at the Kilbirnie end of Evans Bay. A little snooping on Google revealed that the World Waterski Racing Championships were taking place in the harbour. I went to Oriental Bay and have to say it was very miserable for spectators and competitors alike, which is a great shame considering what a beautiful day it has been today. Of course, the skiers were in wet suits but even so, the rooster tail behind the tow-boats must have ensured a more or less continuous blast of chilly salt water. The thunderous roar of the outboards was diplomatically described by a friend with a waterfront apartment as “very loud”.


Carter Fountain on a bleak windy day

Applying the 180 degree rule, I took a shot of the Carter Fountain, and was surprised that, in such conditions it was actually playing. Normally it shuts off when the wind-speed and direction bring the spray near the road.

Back to base

Returning to base with the Lady Liz thundering up from behind, presumably to ensure compliance with the speed restrictions close to shore.

After the final race, I drove around into Evans Bay and stopped to watch the procession of tow-boats growling up the bay. In the background, the police launch, Lady Elizabeth IV was making its own substantial presence felt.


Kite-surfer in tumbling water in Lyall Bay

In Lyall Bay, kite-surfers were enjoying the conditions. Notwithstanding my remarks yesterday about the normally placid surfing environment, the right wind conditions can provide great opportunities for kite-surfers. Tumbling waters and strong winds create some exciting opportunities for them. Kite-surfing at Lyall Bay is prohibited in some wind conditions where the loss of control could conceivably blow a kite across the airport with potentially disastrous consequences.

That’s enough for the day.


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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