July 8, 2015 … grey and chilly mood

Winter is becoming real.

Kapiti

Kapiti Island from the Paekakariki Hill Road lookout

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.

Strait

The Northern part of the Cook Strait under a threatening sky

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.

Paekaakariki

Paekakariki to Waikanae with the South Taranaki Bight beyond.

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.

Creek

Ration Creek

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.

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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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2 Responses to July 8, 2015 … grey and chilly mood

  1. I love the moodiness in these pics, Brian. When the winter gloom gets me down, I find some moving water and play with time exposures. That always helps.

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