My location sometimes comes about by way of other obligations.
Yesterday, I was in Newtown to visit a bookshop. From there I began my wandering and was going past the Zoo on my way up to Karitane House. As I reached the sharp corner that turns towards the zoo, I noticed an architectural feature on a block of flats. My guess is that this is a perforated steel wall intended to provide shade and privacy while still allowing the passage of air. The tree in the tiny garden at the front provided an interesting contrast between the organic and the mechanical.
Applying the “look behind you” rule, I liked the magnificence of the row of magnolia trees lining Roy St. As I understand it, magnolias bloom for somewhere between one and four weeks. I suppose that this short-lived glory is not much different to the splendor of the pohutukawa season.
At Karitane House, the view down onto Kilbirnie prompted me to find out about the interesting building on Kemp St. It is Bharat Bhavan, the home of the Wellington Indian Association. It contains a 1,200 seat auditorium and a 300 seat dining/conference centre. The larger tortoise-like building to the top right is Wellington’s ASB Sports Centre. It contains 12 sprung-floor sports courts and can seat up to 3,000 spectators.
From there, I followed the ridges down to Houghton Bay from where I enjoyed the light gleaming on the snow-clad upper part of Tapuae-o-Uenuku, far across Cook Strait, near Kaikoura. I have used images from a similar viewpoint often, but the light deserved another look.
That will do for the day.