December 8, 2015 … I have tried in my way to be free*

My journeys sometimes remind me of  a Roomba.

Houghton Bay.

Houghton Bay. That’s Tapu te Ranga island on the right, and I think Arapawa Island across the Strait in the distance.

Have you ever watched one of those things in action? They wander from point to point with no discernible plan. They bump into things and change direction, and eventually cover the whole room. If I were a Roomba, some parts of Wellington would be cleaner than others because bounce my way there much more frequently.  Like the South Coast, for example. Houghton Bay was yesterday’s standpoint, with a slow exposure to still the waves.


Kaiarahi leaving port

In the other direction, the ferry Kaiarahi (formerly Stena Alegra) was emerging from the harbour entrance on its way to Picton. Those rocks look sharp.


Looking South through the harbour entrance

Later in the day, I was on my way to visit a friend prior to going out for a pizza when I found a new viewpoint in Maungaraki with a clear view down the harbour mouth. It’s a long view with nothing South of here until you hit the Antarctic ice. It was momentarily busy with the ferries Strait Feronia and Aratere inbound. The vehicle carrier, Adria Ace was outbound, heading to Lyttelton, and the pilot launch Tarakena just to the right of Strait Feronia was scrambling along behind, ready to pick up the pilot.  I think the white blob to the right again, is foam breaking over a rock.


Like a bird on a wire …* Wood pigeon or Kereru

At home, as I parked the car, I noticed a pair of wood pigeons perched on the wires across the road. One departed immediately, but the other lingered for a moment or two.

That’s all for today.

  • Like a bird on a Wire by Leonard Cohen

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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2 Responses to December 8, 2015 … I have tried in my way to be free*

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