October 29, 2015 … dishing the dirt

For as long as we have been in Wellington, they have been there.

Dish (1)

The business end of the biggest of the dishes

On Parkside Rd, opposite the Waiwhetu Stream in Gracefield, Lower Hutt, there is a cluster of large satellite dishes. I am guessing that the largest of them is four or five metres in diameter. My attempts to learn their function and ownership have come to nothing. A friend thought that they were broadcast receivers belonging to the long defunct Saturn TV network. They are looking weary with age and point at a variety of odd angles to the sky. Against a sky, they were fair game for a desperate photographer yesterday.


Family photo

Whether  or not they are still in use, the shapes make an interesting contrast with the somewhat scruffy assortment of light warehouse buildings in the neighbourhood.


y=ax^2+bx+c … or at least that’s how I remember the general form of the equation for a parabola

These are  definitely not your average pressed metal dishes that hang off the side of the house. Even the support structure looked interesting to me. The mathematics of creating a parabolic dish are fascinating.

Offshore guardian

Offshore Guardian … it looks as if the hulls were designed by drawing a line around the outside of a corn flakes packet. Seriously, though, I am certain she was very competently designed and will be fit for many years of fitness for her assigned role

From there I was  heading home along Petone’s Esplanade when I saw one of the world’s newest and perhaps least attractive vessels  on the harbour. Built in Palmerston north, the two hulls of the diving tender “Offshore Guardian”  were transported by road to Foxton Beach where they were joined together with the accommodation section. The vessel was then placed on some large inflatable bladders and she rolled down the beach into the water. She will work in Australia and New Zealand and perhaps as far afield as PNG.

Something different tomorrow, God willing and  if the river doesn’t rise (and that’s a real possibility).


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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