August 18, 2015 … on familiar trails

One day I must calculate how often I have written about visits to Pauatahanui.


Pied stilts arriving to browse in the shallow waters of the pond.

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.


From Ration Point looking towards Motukaraka across a perfect surface

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.


Panorama from Pauatahanui to Whitby

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.


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 August 18, 2015 … on familiar trails

  1. Annie says:

    The serenity never fails to please me. Birds are indeed a welcome sight bringing memories of Sunday excursions many years ago when we lived in Oriental Bay. Thank you for sharing so many beautiful images.

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