One day I must calculate how often I have written about visits to Pauatahanui.
Yesterday, my friend was discharged from hospital, but due to a miscommunication, I turned up a few hours early to move him on to his new accommodation. Never mind, it was a breathtakingly beautiful winter morning, and I knew the tide would be near full so Pauatahanui just begged to be the subject of the day. At the ponds on Gray’s Road, there were pied stilts, masked lapwings, and a variety of ducks. It was all delightful.
At ration point, the view across the water was as still as I had hoped. Not a ripple anywhere, and just sufficient cloud to rescue me from an empty blue sky.
Looking back the other way, I decided to construct a panorama. It was a mistake to use the wide angle lens. It took a lot of work and the application of some corrections to stitch the three images together. Five images from a longer lens would have been a much easier proposition with far less distortion to deal with. Still the result will do for now. A few minutes after I packed the camera away, a breeze came up, and the lovely mirrored surface gave way to a bland ruffled expanse. Great timing. Then it was back to the hospital for the transfer.
That’s it for today.