Today, New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup.
This has nothing at all to do with me or my photography but I just had to share my pride in our mighty team. Returning now to normal service, I began my photographic day at the bridge off the Akatarawa road. The Bridge Street community within Birchville consists of about 70 houses accessible by a narrow bridge across the Akatarawa River just near its conjunction with the Hutt River. I have photographed the bridge earlier this year, back in May. In the thunderous river flows I mentioned a few days ago, the central support of the bridge was undermined and the bridge has subsided making it unsafe to cross. The only way in or out now is by way of a footpath beside the river, leading to the suburb of Totara Park. This is an hour-long trek to the Upper Hutt Shops. As a matter of urgency, earth moving equipment is being used to forma road that follows the path. It will break through this Friday and will require a further week to render the new road passable. Water and gas supplies are also compromised, so the people of Birchville are having to rough it for almost two weeks.
It was a pleasant afternoon, so I followed my nose through Mangaroa into Whitemans Valley where I attempted a pastoral landscape in the afternoon sun.
Near the exit, I paused for another shot at yet another previously photographed subject, the old Bedford army truck which is slowly becoming as one with the Earth.
Back at home, Mary pointed me to a snail crossing the back lawn. It was making slow but determined progress, and managed to navigate its way around obstacles such as the daisies in the grass.
Did I mention that the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup?