April 30, 2015 … wet road trip

Road trip!


The image can’t describe the awful stench of pulp cooking at a chemical paper mill. The distinctive chemical is methyl mercaptan.


With my friend Paul I set out for Tauranga, site of the 63rd annual convention of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. It was wet. Mountain? What mountain? We saw no mountain. The first scenery I saw (at a time when I was not driving) was near Tokoroa when the steam and smell of paper pulp cooking told me that Kinleith, where I spent the first five years of my working life was just over that ridge.


Hauling up the Kaimai range passing one truck at a time


Following the instructions of Paul’s Navman, we went through Putaruru and over the Kaimai ranges to Tauranga. I have not been in such a traffic jam for quite a while, and it’s frustrating when the really slow truck ahead of you blocks the passing lane by pulling out to pass an even slower one.


XF Jaguar


At the Tauranga Racecourse which was our convention venue, a smart-looking car caught my eye. Whatever failings it may have, the Jaguar XF has lines of exquisite elegance.


The trade stands


Soon the conference was in full swing with the trade stands doing a brisk trade. Without wishing to exacerbate any stories doing the rounds about senior politicians and pony tails, the lady with the blond hair in the centre foreground is the world-famous Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop expert and evangelist, Julianne Kost. Having flown directly from the USA, she looked exhausted, but soldiered on prior to some amazing presentations the next day.

That’s all for now




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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One Response to April 30, 2015 … wet road trip

  1. That seems to be a long way around. I go through Taupo, Rotorua and then to Tauranga.

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