October 20, 2015 … reaching new heights

In case you get excited, the “new height” refers to a hill from which I have not previously done much.

Mt Albert

A view of downtown Wellington from a hilltop in its Southern suburbs

Few people outside Wellington realize that we too, have a suburb called Mt Albert. It has been closed for a while as a new water reservoir is being constructed, but they have now restored access to the walking tracks which form part of the city’s Southern Walkway.  The views from the top are delightful.

Lyall Bay

Lyall Bay looking happy in the sunshine

Down below, in Lyall Bay, the surf was rolling in and the sky was blue. A large city council tractor rumbled past and I stepped aside so it could trim the grass on either side of the track.


Honey bee (Apis mellifera) at work in the Cape Weed

This bought me close to a patch of Cape Weed and I heard a lot of buzzing. To my great delight, there were honey bees buzzing about. The feral honey bee has been close to extinction in New Zealand with the advent of the Varroa mite, and Colony Collapse Disorder.  I have been reading anecdotes that suggest they are making a slow come-back.

Flying bee

Bee in flight

This was not just one or two bees, but dozens of them, sufficient to set up that lovely humming that used to speak of summer. What a joy.

That’s enough for now.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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4 Responses to October 20, 2015 … reaching new heights

  1. Yes I have climbed Mt Albert when walking from Oriental Bay to Is Bay. What lens/camera did you use for those nice bee photos?

  2. nzphotog says:

    Love the bee shots!

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