July 2, 2015 … the meteorological pendulum

As the heat wave rolls across Europe, our midwinter continues to baffle.


The native wood pigeon or kereru is buried deep in its work as it trims our shrub.

We seem to oscillate between howling winds and flat calm days. Yesterday was  almost  calm so I set out in search of pictures with that in mind. I had set one foot outside the door when I saw a native wood pigeon sitting in the crown of a miniature kowhai shrub at the front door. These are big birds, about the size of a chicken, and they crop the tender shots at the top of selected plants like a hedge trimmer. They are so beautiful and so endearingly clumsy that I have to forgive them.


Midwinter sports in Wellington. The corgi seemed happy too.

As I said at the start, this is midwinter, so the scene at Pauatahanui was doubly delightful. Could you do this on the North American Great Lakes at the start of January?  The corgi seemed remarkably placid  as its owner paddled off across the inlet.


Heron gathering at Pauatahanui

Further along Grey’s Road, there was a major gathering of white-faced herons. I counted 24 of them in close proximity. These were the most I could fit in with the long lens zoomed out to a mere 100 m.


Two of the assembled herons fishing for crab.

Of course the white heron is the star of any local show, but the white-faced heron is an elegant bird in its own right, and I loved watching them gathering crabs.

That will suffice for now.


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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