The stillness ended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.