August 30, 2015 … further afield

How blessed I am that after 45 years of marriage, I enjoy my wife’s company.


Lenticular cloud over the Tararuas to the East of Palmerston North

Mary suggested a trip to the Cross Hills gardens near Kimbolton in the Northern Manawatu  region. It seemed like a good idea despite the somewhat dubious weather forecast. She is smart enough to bring a book to read and/or some knitting. We set out in the morning and went up through Shannon, and then took the back roads through Rongotea towards Feilding. A little North of Shannon, there was a recently ploughed paddock and in the background a ridge-line full of wind turbines. Above them there were lenticular clouds which give some indication of why that was a really good area for the turbines. Please click for a clearer view


My version of the Golden Valley

North of Feilding there is the tiny settlement of Kimbolton (pop. 250) and North of that again the road follows a ridge above the valley where the little town of Apiti sits. If you ever saw the movie “Shadowlands” in which Anthony Hopkins played the part of C.S. Lewis, this would be my candidate for the “Golden Valley.” Some snow remains on the high peaks of the Ruahine range in the background.


Patient angler in the ornamental pools

Inside the gardens, we and one other couple had the whole vast space to ourselves. In peak season it is often very crowded, but yesterday it was still dressed as for winter, though a few early blooming rhododendrons and azaleas were putting on a show. We went to the ornamental ponds which were a bit greener than usual, perhaps due to an absence of visitors to press the button to start the waterfalls. Never mind, Froggie was still patiently waiting for a fish though his chances were small.


Japanese flowering quince

In that same part of the garden there were a few flowers in bloom, so here is what I think is a Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica) .


Japanese Andromeda … each little bell is perhaps 8 to 10 mm long. I love their waxy texture

The gardens are divided into themed blocks so the adjacent tree was the Japanese Andromeda (Pieris japonica). In order to get as much as possible in focus, this a blend of five separate images in the process called focus stacking. It takes forever to blend in Photoshop, but I am happy that it worked.


Guess which way the prevailing wind blows

On the way home, as we were getting near Shannon, I caught this row of trees  that tend to confirm again that this is a good area for a wind farm.  I liked the Indian ink on wash background look.  Mary read the book that she carries when we are out together while I performed my routine with the tripod.

That’s all 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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