July 10, 2015 … cheerful but chilly

I don’t want to be weather-centred.


Filling in time, with nowhere to go, the Aratere was just doodling around the Eastern side of the harbour

Nevertheless, it has such an impact on what I do as a photographer that it is difficult to avoid. We seem to be in the midst of a three or four-day patch of hail, snow and bitter Southerlies. Yesterday was really bleak, but I had been invited to lunch by a former colleague who, like me is no longer at the university. On my way to Karori, I saw the ferry Aratere loitering on the Eastern side of the harbour near Eastbourne. I imagine it was clearing the berth for one of its sister ships. Some snow on the Eastern hills made the scene worthy of a pause.


Wadestown and beyond

I arrived a little early, as is my custom, so explored the nearby streets and found myself in the car park of the Johnston Hill Scenic reserve. As far as my map reading skills tell me, the view is towards the Western slopes of Wadestown with Te Ahumairangi Hill and then the top of the Miramar peninsula before  the Eastern hills raise their frosty peaks in the rear.


Sullen weather at Petone

On the way home afterwards, the waves crashing towards Petone seemed worthy of a moment.


The promise of better things to come

In the midst of all this darkness, someone in the house received the first daffodils of the season. I imagine these were grown in a hothouse, or perhaps even in a foreign country. No matter, nothing promises the emergence of spring like the golden splendour of the daffodil.

That’s it 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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3 Responses to July 10, 2015 … cheerful but chilly

  1. Cliff says:

    I’ve been trying to get a decent photo of Petone Beach for years. That one is pretty good, Brian.

  2. Poor old Aratere! She really does need a new paint job. Lovely photos as always.

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