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

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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