It seems that last week’s storm is behind us.
Land slips here and there are mostly small. Some roads and drains have been damaged, but we seem to have been let off lightly compared with the natural disasters experienced elsewhere in the world. In our house we are temporarily inconvenienced because the gas water heating (downstairs) and the electric water heating (upstairs) have both been disabled by grit in the water system from the broken water main. Repairs are scheduled. Weather wise, things seem to be softening, at least in the short-term. The upper valley seemed to be worthy of a visit yesterday, so I went to the Twin Bridges area on Akatarawa Road. I confess to trying out the neutral density filter on the Olympus. This six second exposure smooths the normally tumbling water of the Hutt River.
Looking downstream from the same spot gives the impression of an uncomplicated river, though a pair of white-water kayakers who went past knew that there were difficult patches ahead. I was surprised to find little evidence of elevated water levels from the storm. There was no visible debris up on the banks of the river, for example.
Downstream, the river makes a sharp bend to the South at Maoribank, and the rocks in the late afternoon sun make for an interesting scene. Again, there is scant evidence of the recent raised water levels.
Following River Road south of Moonshine Bridge, I paused at the reserve down beside the river and enjoyed the trees across the valley, clinging to the last colours of Autumn before we accept that Winter is really with us,.
Sun shine is tempting me outside.