July 11, 20i5 … what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger*

There was supposed to be snow.


Eucalypts near Tunnel Gully

North of Upper Hutt there is an area called the Plateau, and it can usually be relied upon to be a few degrees colder than other parts of the Hutt Valley, especially in Winter conditions such as we have had for the last few days. Sadly, though I drove into the reserve to the Tunnel Gully area, there was no snow except up near the summit of Mt Climie. I was left trying to eke a photograph  from the contrast between the eucalypts and the drifting Southerly drizzle.

Mangaroa River

The Mangaroa River flowing faster than usual

On Plateau Rd, the sound of the Mangaroa Road was audible inside the car so a brief stop was made to see what was possible with that. It was well above its normal flow.


Mt Climie from the Mangaroa Valley

A detour through the Mangaroa Valley gave me a distant view of the residual snow on the tops beyond the pleasant pastoral scenery down on the flat. Frustration all round, but I suppose that trying to present the ordinary in the best way possible is a challenge.

That’s all for now.

* Friedrich Nietzsche


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 11, 20i5 … what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger*

  1. Cliff says:

    Is that title from Friedrich Nietzsche or Katy Perry? (Sorrry, couldn’t resist).

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