November 12, 2015 … through a glass darkly*

Heavy mist wreathed the city again.

Aro Valley

I am sure it is a much loved family home, but I prefer a wider view from my windows

My picture search took me to the Aro Valley and some of the narrow winding side streets which give views down into the shaded places. Aro Valley is a quirky corner of Wellington, a place with a Bohemian reputation. Regardless of lifestyle choices, it would never be on my list of preferred suburbs because it is so deep in the hills that the houses are in shade for most of the day.


“This ole house once rang with laughter, this ole house heard many shouts”**

Nevertheless there are some interesting fragments of Wellington’s working-class history in here that deserve to be preserved. Some however, would need a very large investment to restore their former glory. The almost paint-less example here has a front door with no stairs, though it does seem to have been re-roofed in living memory.


Whoosh … whoosh … whoosh. The blades could be heard long before the cloud thinned enough for them to be seen.

Against all logic, I went uphill from there, perhaps in the hope of a view above the clouds. Alas, it was thicker up there, and the soon-to-be-replaced wind turbine’s blades were swishing mostly unseen in the murk. Now and then the mist would tin out and I grabbed a shot.


Straitsman in the mist … thank heavens for radar

Down on the South Coast at Owhiro Bay, the mist spread out into the strait and  the ghostly pale outline of the Straitsman moved silently in the direction of Picton.

More clarity will be sought tomorrow.


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  • ** This Ole House, by Stuart Hamblen

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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