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

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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