September 19, 2015 … spring getting into gear

Helping a friend required me to go to Upper Hutt.


Spring blossom in Upper Hutt

Like Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt is essentially a dormitory city with a  very large proportion of its citizens travelling to Wellington for work. Most of its streets are lined with trees and at this time of year, they are in spectacular spring blossom. Flowering cherries and apples, magnolia and kowhai add splendid colour to seemingly endless suburbia.


Fallen petals turn the green grass to white

All of this beauty was under attack with a very strong wind yesterday, and the grass berms were littered under each tree with fallen blossom.


The large gear wheel that drove the winch that hauled the cradle and ship from the sea, across the road and into the open area for maintenance

In the afternoon, I prowled Evans Bay for no particular reason. I had my wide angle lens mounted and decided to try it on the gear wheel set up as a memorial to the old Evans Bay Patent slip. I am always a little offended that something I remember seeing in action is now a museum piece.  From an engineering perspective, it fascinates me that the large gear wheel from the mechanism that used to haul ships up the slip  is bolted together. Equally fascinating is the way in which the spokes are joined to the rim with wood, presumably to cushion the pulses from the steam engine that drove it.


Lenticular cloud as seen from home at the end of the day

As the day reached its conclusion, the persistent wind painted its mark above the Eastern hills with a large lenticular cloud  formation.

Enough 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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