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

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.

South

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.

Kereru

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

  1. gcberger says:

    Ditto!

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