Winter is becoming real.
The phrase “icy blast” is appearing in the media more often. Of course, by North American standards, our winter storms are mild. Nevertheless, our winters can be miserably uncomfortable. The combination of damp and wind suck much of the joy out of life. I went seeking birds yesterday, and found nothing that I wanted to photograph, so I looked instead for landscapes along the Paekakariki Hill Road. Dismal grey drizzle and few places to stop the car safely suggest that wasn’t a great idea in the circumstances. Nevertheless I got to the lookout above Paekakariki and was rewarded with a moody view towards Kapiti Island, dark and brooding in the distance.
For a brief moment, the sun broke through the clouds to the West and the sea lit up nicely for me. Of course the wind was still cold, but the view was warming.
Three shots from the same spot is more than I usually expect, but the view to the North was unexpectedly clear. Paekakariki is in the foreground, while Paraparaumu and Waikanae jut out to the top left.
I decided to return the same way rather than mixing it with weekend traffic on SH1 and saw Ration Creek glittering under a striking tree as I got near to Pauatahanui. I stopped at the first available piece of roadside gravel and had to walk a long way back to get the view I first saw.
Enough for now.