October 11, 2015 … tough start, happy end

Mary and I did a late afternoon drive.


Purple ragwort – a real pest, but undeniably attractive when it grows in great masses at the roadside

At first there was nothing useful. The Okowai Lagoon near Porirua is disgracefully polluted, five years after work to rehabilitate them was reported to have started. I have all but given up on finding birds there. As we walked back up the hill, I snatched a shot of the purple ragwort flower which infests Wellington’s hills at this time of year. I use the word “infests” advisedly since it is an invasive pest of South African origin that displaces the native plants.


Porirua Harbour entrance near sunset

Up at the Camborne Water tower, there was a nice view towards the late afternoon sun coming down over Mana Island and Whitireia Park.


Hutt River from under the Melling Bridge

Nothing useful revealed itself as we went through Pauatahanui and I had given up hope by the time we reached Lower Hutt. However, I glimpsed a lovely reflection from the Hutt River as we traversed Block Road. A long exposure aided by a neutral density filter gave me this picture which I thin is the best of my day.

That will do 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 October 11, 2015 … tough start, happy end

  1. nzphotog says:

    Beautiful reflection in the river and ragwort has never looked so good!

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