October 18, 2015 … here today, gone tomorrow

Wandering yesterday, I passed the botanic gardens.


Despite the wind, most of the tulip beds are still putting on a splendid display.

Despite a boisterous wind, the tulip beds were in remarkably good shape and attracted many visitors. Two young Vietnamese women  wearing traditional ao dai were posing for photographs, and they brought back memories of my first ill-fated foray into university in the early 1960s when there were many young Vietnamese students in Auckland University and I recall the then very exotic presence of the young women who wore their ao dai with such grace. This was before the escalation of the war with America in 1964.


Big fleas have lesser fleas upon their backs to bite ’em, land little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum.

Meanwhile, back in the gardens, there were many photographers all seeking their own angle on the floral beauty before them. I have no idea who this photographer is, but he was one of several serious practitioners present at the time.



From there I went up Glenmore Street, over the bridge onto Upland Road, down Kelburn Parade, then Salamanca Rd and Bolton St. From the Bolton St overbridge I saw and liked the architectural  textures and contrasts of buildings on or near The Terrace.


History vanished almost overnight

Homeward bound, I was on SH2 and noticed that the former car assembly plant where Austin and Morris cars were assembled for years is no more. A friend alerted me to the fact that this was about to happen but I hadn’t grasped the speed with which it would disappear.  Nothing is left but a set of diggers sitting triumphantly on a few bricks and twisted beams that are all that remain of their prey.

Something else tomorrow.



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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3 Responses to October 18, 2015 … here today, gone tomorrow

  1. dennisw77009 says:

    Leslie and I previously lived in a neighborhood in Houston, Texas that was being “gentrified.” On our daily walk we would occasionally see a digger, such as you picture, sitting ominously in front of an older house. We would share a look that said, “No house will be standing there tomorrow.” We were invariably right.

  2. Katie says:

    Ah tulips. Lovely. 🙂

  3. Cliff says:

    I love the “Contrast” one. Stunning. The tulips are great too.

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