November 8, 2015 … the rockets’ red glare

Yesterday got away from me.

Mt Vic

Looking towards Mt Victoria from the top of Maungaraki

Before I knew it the day was over and Mary and I were due to dine at a friend’s house. In desperation I took a slightly long way there, stopping at the top of Maungaraki, just below the water tower for a long shot across the harbour to the city. Perhaps the distant clouds would bring something to the image.

Red Sky

Blazing sky to the South and West

We were enjoying re-dinner drinks when someone drew attention to the splendid red sky and retrieved my camera to grab this shot.

Long view

The fireworks were some 12 km away so I was pleased to catch them

After dinner, the city’s official Guy Fawkes fireworks display began, and the dining room offered a splendid view. Again, with permission, I attempted to catch the spectacle.


The fireworks were launched from a barge moored off Frank Kitts Park

For a bout ten minutes the crash and boom of exploding shells followed after the flash and star-bursts. All very nice. It is my understanding that the phrase “rocket’s red glare” in the words of the Star  Spangled Banner, refer to the defense of Fort McHenry. I have had the privilege of visiting Fort McHenry, though I was unaware of its significance at the time.

That’s all for now.


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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