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”.

Fountain

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

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.

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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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