April 21, 2015 … a suburb with character

I found myself in Petone yesterday.

Petone

Jackson St, Petone

A very pleasant lunch in a previously unknown (to me) yum cha restaurant with a photographic friend was a good reason to wander around Petone afterwards. There are a few areas of greater Wellington that have real character, and Petone is undeniably on that list. There are other areas where I struggle to find a photograph, but that’s for another day. There is a lot of visible history in Petone, and sometimes it takes more than a lick of paint to conceal a sagging verandah.

Wicker

Wicker baskets

Though I like the various cafes and restaurants on Jackson Street, most of the shops are outside my area of interest, with too many “junk shops”. On the other hand, the merchandise on display on the footpaths offers a variety of textures.

Monochrome

Nearly monochrome

From the shopping centre I went to the Hikoikoi reserve at the Hutt River estuary, and looked first for bird life. Nothing of huge interest was present. On the other hand I liked the shapes and contrast provided by the water at low tide. I tend to eschew monochrome as a genre, but I like the occasional image that is naturally monochromatic.

Taboo

Taboo at Hikoikoi

My final shot was of a newcomer to the anchorage inside the seawall at Hikoikoi. I have no idea if Taboo is a permanent addition, but she looks in need of a loving restoration.

That’s all for now.

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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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