Wellingtonians everywhere say it.
“You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.” It’s a defiant catch cry that tacitly acknowledges that we have more than our fair share of wind and rain, but says the good days make up for it all and we wouldn’t swap it for anything. Yesterday was a very good day. Yesterday was a magical day. Yesterday was perfect. And to cap it off, the Australian rugby team, the Brumbies discovered they couldn’t beat Wellington on a good day either. If you have followed this blog for any time at all, you know that when the weather is perfect, I head for the water. Hikoikoi was a great place to start.
For four days now I have been going on about the photographic value of stillness. Wind is the enemy of stillness but yesterday it was absent.
I peered cautiously around the end of the Northernmost boat shed and to my enormous satisfaction, George was in residence on his favourite boat, despite its recent lurch to the right.
When he first took up residence here, he was almost invariably accompanied by a white-faced heron, and I came to think of them as “the odd couple”. I have no idea if it’s the same white-faced heron, but one tried to join the white heron as I watched. George was having none of it and chased the smaller bird away.
Then for reasons known only to himself, George launched into flight and flew low and slow in a tight circle, landing back exactly where he launched from. He passed within a few metres of where I stood on the narrow little jetty.
In the city, the inner harbour precinct was filled with couples and families, and the odd lone photographer strolling about. On the water, despite the apparent stillness, there seemed to be just sufficient wind to ghost the yachts along, as the fishing trawler, Rowallan set out about her business.
To add to everybody’s pleasure in the morning, a New Zealand fur seal pup was basking on the rocks near the rowing club at the lagoon.
It’s a long time since we had such a perfect day, but opportunities like this have to be seized when they occur. I regard it as a good day if the number of images I decide to keep exceeds 20. Yesterday I retained 98. I really must get some more storage disk space.
It was a good day.