July 14, 2015 … bright and beautiful*

What a splendid day.

art

The grotesque ceramic dragon does not seem to impress the local wildlife

It wasn’t warm, by any means, but it was less chilly than it has been. The water wasn’t flat calm, but the air was sharp and clear. As usual in such conditions, I headed South to the city. Sitting on a column in the sea wall, was the most grotesque little dragon. This was a fully glazed and fired ceramic piece, and was giving great amusement to many passers-by. Two men engaged in litter collection seriously thought to throw it in their sack, but were persuaded by several calls from the passing pedestrians to leave it in place. A red-billed gull descended to the column to inspect the newcomer.

Tararuas

Tararua vista. They always look more impressive when there is snow

Eighty kilometres to the North, the high peaks of the Tararuas stood sharp and clear against the unblemished sky. This demanded a higher viewpoint, so of course, Mt Victoria was the obvious destination.

Harbour

Inner harbour light

The Northern lookout on Mt Victoria offers some nice unobstructed views. Glittering water in the inner harbour lied about how warm it was, but made a nice picture anyway. Aratere was departing for Picton, leaving the cloud of diesel exhaust lingering in the air as it usually does when her engines first start.

Evans Bay

Evans Bay and the airport

In the South and East, the airport was both visible and audible. The adjacent green suburbs of Miramar and Kilbirnie contrast with the black tarmac of the runway. Evans Bay marina is in the lower right corner, and a solitary yacht on the lower left, harvests that spiteful breeze.

Ships

Aratere departing, Steve Mayree arriving

By now, Aratere is gathering speed as she nears Pt Halswell, and the fishing trawler, Steve Mayree returns to port to discharge its catch.

Wellington

Downtown Wellington

To the West, the high-rise buildings along Willis, Manners, Courtenay imprison thousands of wage slaves, oblivious to the beauty of the day outside. I should modify that by noting the increasing percentage of apartment buildings in the city.

That’s another day done.

 

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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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One Response to July 14, 2015 … bright and beautiful*

  1. Pamela Rothschild says:

    Wellington looking its best even in winter. Thank you for the lovely photos.

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