September 8, 2015 … to the Southern edge

A howling Southerly and white caps on a green harbour told me to go to the South Coast.


From Lyall Parade, looking past the airport breakwater to the jagged rocks of Moa Point and the huge wall of cloud in the South. The wire fence just visible in the foreground is to protect the dunes from people and dogs. Nothing will protect them from nature.

So I did. I missed the spectacular moments at high tide when waves crashed over Lyall Parade, leaving weed and driftwood across the road, together with the inevitable sand.  Despite the sunshine, the blast from the sea was bone-chilling. Great cascades of white spray were launched skyward from the southern wall of the airport runway and Lyall Bay breakwater. Heavy green water surged towards the  shore and far to the South a towering bank of cloud hinted at worse to come.


There it is again,Tapuae-o-Uenuku across troubled waters

From Palmer Head, the oft-photographed view to the Kaikoura ranges was shot yet again with a confused and turbulent sea in the foreground.


A fine old bird undergoing an overhaul – Fokker F27-500 Friendship

A side trip up Tirangi Road caused a double take. It’s been a while since I last saw a Fokker F27 Friendship at the airport. This one, ZK-PAX from the Airworks NZ fleet, seems to be in the midst of a major overhaul or perhaps a  conversion as all the cabin windows were masked. It was a very fine design in its day, but as I understand it, very expensive to operate by comparison with its more recent competitors. It was a pleasure to see one again.

Houghton Bay

Houghton Bay in a Southerly

Back along the coast to Houghton Bay where the water seemed to be coming in even more solidly. It’s a coast I love to visit.

That’s enough 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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One Response to September 8, 2015 … to the Southern edge

  1. Cliff says:

    The lighthouse like structure which can be seen in the last picture is in fact a holiday home that can be rented out. I’ve stayed in it. It is in Island Bay, so I guess that the photograph is looking across Houghton Bay to Island Bay?

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