November 26, 2015 … Westward into the mist

Andrew and Abbey were both working yesterday, but were kind enough to lend us a car.


Looking Westward on Lake Wakatipu towards Glenorchy. Pig and Pigeon Islands are to the left.

Mary and I took some lunch and set out along the shore of Lake Wakatipu in the direction of Glenorchy. It was a grey and moody day that intensified as we went Westward. I am not entirely sure it wasn’t snowing on those ranges to the South beyond Kinloch.


Honey bee on clover in the Glenorchy wetlands

After a coffee at one of the local hostelries, we went out on the walkway through the Glenorchy lagoon. This is a swampy area with extensive boardwalks, lots of birdsong, and a delightful range of local flora.  I believe that as yet the pestilential Varroa mite has not yet reached this far South so it was a joy to see honey bees in good numbers.


Honey bee on lupin

Also plentiful were the lupins which officialdom regard as a pest weed. The bees don’t care.


This is wild bleak country when the weather is rough

Regardless of the imminent rain, it was a very pleasant hour=long walk around the lagoon, followed by lunch in the car at the lakeside near Glenorchy jetty. I was amused to watch an elaborately staged wedding shoot taking place with three still photographers and one videographer. It was certainly a dramatic backdrop. I am told that many couples come here to have their wedding photographs done weeks or months after the actual wedding back in China.

Now we are home in Wellington  and I am tired so 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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