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

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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