People who choose to live somewhere are often more fervent in their support than those who were born there.
I am a Wellingtonian by choice, and I proudly claim it as my city, my home. I am not referring to the municipality, the political entity, but rather to the geographic location. Maori mythology has it that the North Island is the great fish which the great explorer Maui pulled from the sea while fishing from his great waka or canoe, the South Island. The North Island is “Te Ika a Maui” , or Maui’s fish. Wellington is “Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui“, or the head of Maui’s fish. If you look at the map, you can see it with the harbour as the mouth of the fish. Around the harbour are steep bush-clad hills, and I love to get to those high places to enjoy the views.
It is fashionable to decry modern architecture as cubes of glass and steel, but as I look down on the central city I see a wonderful array of contrasting shapes, textures and colours. I like cityscapes.
Yesterday I found a residential street very high above the city and there was a unique and possibly short-lived opportunity to enjoy the view. An empty piece of land is for sale, and it has the proverbial million dollar view. I stitched eight shots to create this panorama so please click to enlarge it for best effect.
I had a parcel to deliver to a friend in the upper valley, so on the way home I found myself in Avalon, a suburb of Lower Hutt. The main feature of Avalon is the tower block which was once the headquarters of TVNZ before they sold their soul and relocated to Auckland. I am never sure why they chose to build it there, as it is obviously out of place in town-planning terms, planted like some great alien invader in the midst of suburbia. But the Autumn colours caught my eye.
That’s all today.