June 1, 2015 … keeping a firm grip on the earth

Why do I do these things to myself?

Observation post

The old observation post looks so easy to get to from here and you can see the narrow clay path at the foot of the wall where I got to. Note the fearless youngsters on the roof.

I have mentioned on several occasions that I suffer from acrophobia – the fear of heights. Ignoring this knowledge, I went up the hill above the Southern end of Wellington airport to the old military observation post. Young people, and those with a good sense of balance walk sure-footed around it and even leap across gaps to climb on the roof. I got up to the middle of the North facing wall, and could not persuade myself to go further.

Long drop

This was taken from that crumbly little clay path in the first image and as you can see, it’s an awful long way to the bottom.

I flattened myself against the wall and relied on the camera’s stabilization system to counteract my shakes as I shot the strange weather above the airport. The, as soon as I could muster the courage, I shuffled back the way I came, clinging desperately to every shred of vegetation beside the track until at las I was on broad flat ground again.


One coming, one going, at the Southern end of Wellington Airport

My subsequent images were all taken well away from steep drops.  In this image there is a Jetstar A320 arriving from Auckland as an Air New Zealand Bombardier Q300 waits for the runway.


Dried fennel against a dark sky

I strolled along the tracks, avoiding those with signs that said closed due to storm damage. I just know they would have taken me to steep drops and uncertain footing.  I am still trying to see things that have something to say about the places I go. Yesterday’s quirky choice is the dried out fennel plants that mingle with the gorse and broom.

And that’s all I have to say for this edition.



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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2 Responses to June 1, 2015 … keeping a firm grip on the earth

  1. jaynefranks says:

    HI, You appear to share a passion with my son – photography. There is nothing he loves more than shots of planes in action. I’m pleased you managed your fear of heights today otherwise today’s great photos would not have been the same. Thanks for taking the time to post. ;0

  2. DennisW says:

    While on a “bucket list” trip to Kenya Africa last year our guide said the locals call the sunlight streaming through the clouds “the fingers of God.”

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