My day started at 3am since I had to deliver Mary to the Airport two hours before check-in.
It was still pitch black when I left the airport soon after 5 am, but street light reflections suggested that the sea was flat calm. I drove home and made myself an uncharacteristic bacon and egg breakfast instead of my customary muesli and milk. I reasoned that since the day had started out of the ordinary, I might as well continue. After breakfast I spent some time editing the previous day’s images until I noticed a hint of light outside. I got excited by the colour of the clear sky starting to appear behind the dark silhouette of the Eastern Hills. This really needed a panorama treatment so this is a twelve-shot stitch. Please click to enlarge. I think it’s worth it.
My editing occupied me for a while until I looked again, and now there was a river fog creeping down the valley through the Taita Gorge and over to the Easter side of the Hutt Valley.
I had other things to attend to and for some reason the middle of the day turned grey and chill. This prompted me to have a siesta after lunch. By the time that was completed to my satisfaction, the day had resumed the calm clarity with which it had started. I tried the harbour and though it was flat, I saw nothing that really moved me there, so I went out to Pauatahanui, and there the conditions were near perfect. At the Paremata beach, I liked the view across to the boat sheds.
One of the boats moored nearby is Kate. I may have photographed her before. She really appeals to me as good honest simple work boat. Her owner has just repainted her and she was looking very smart.
By now the sun was almost gone so I attempted to capture the colour in the sky and water.
With the light almost gone and the temperature dropping, it was time to go home and get dinner. As I neared Pauatahanui, I liked what I glimpsed in the rear-view mirror so pulled into one of the very few lay-bys on that side of the inlet and took one last shot to bring my photographic day to a close.
Time for domesticity now, so more tomorrow.