June 14, 2015 … solemnity to sunset

In company with our younger daughter Helen and son-in-law Vasely, Mary and I had a morning coffee at the Dowse Gallery in Lower Hutt.


Art or playground? I have no idea

The cafe (Reka cafe) is a pleasant and almost always busy place, with fresh food and good coffee. In fine weather, such as it was yesterday morning kids play outside in the open area, and it seems a place for families to gather. There is a concrete moulding in the square and I am never sure if it is intended as art or playground equipment. Yesterday, I intended to portray it as art.


A peaceful corner of Taita cemetery.

From there we went together to the cemetery at Taita to pay our respects to Mary’s mother who died exactly a year previously. Cemeteries are rarely joyous places, but I have to say that I have been to few that are more peaceful than the one at Taita. It spreads over a very large area and has sections that accommodate various burial preferences. The mausoleum style just doesn’t seem to be part of the New Zealand psyche. I like its proximity to the bush on the Eastern hills of the valley.


Steel cladding on an office block. I love the rust texture


In the afternoon, I wandered. I began in upper Tory Street where a building clad in heavy sheet steel caught my attention.  I guess in the event of a serious earthquake this building will not release its contents onto the street outside, though the occupants may well get shaken up.


Tapuae-o-Uenuku almost 110 km from my viewing point on the South Coast

I took many more around the city, but my last shot of the day was from Owhiro bay looking across the Cook Strait to mighty Tapuae-o-Uenuku at 2885 metres (almost 9,500 feet) above sea level. The time is coming when seasonal snow will adorn the mountain in its distant blue-white winter coat, but for now there is plenty of rock still visible.

Something different tomorrow




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 June 14, 2015 … solemnity to sunset

  1. Adam Rosner says:

    Well seen for the “art or playground” image – I love it!

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