June 29, 2015 … waves and wind

The stillness ended.


Heavy green against solid rock

Sunshine continued. The day seemed too nice to waste, so Mary and I went to Palmer Head at the harbour entrance, and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the lee of a large flax bush. As we ate our sandwiches, the waves  rolled in solid and green against the rock, throwing spray high in the air. The strong Northerly instantly hurled the spray away to the South.

Palmer Head

White foam and red rocks

Off the point, the jagged rocks and the thundering white surf looked like a place you wouldn’t want to be. There were people snorkelling a  little further round in the shelter of the outer rocks, but they were still being shunted back and forth by the surging tide.


From this distance the white paint on the Aratere looks almost as clean as the snow on the mountain. (It isn’t).

Around to the South West, the ferry Aratere was  coming into the picture with the snow-capped peak of Tapuae-o-Uenuku. That mountain is over 100 km away so I was impressed by the performance of the Olympus in this kind of image.


The Aratere hidden in a flying curtain of spray

After lunch, we drove around to the rocky area just beyond Lyall Bay and I liked the contrast between the Aratere’s white hull and the green waves and red rocks. As I took this shot, the wind whipped the top off the nearest wave to create an interesting effect.


Across the strait from Island Bay

My last image in today’s post is a slow exposure with a Neutral Density filter. It turned the tumbling waves into a meringue coating.

The wind is still with us today.


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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