December 12, 2015 … capital meandering

Lunch always provides opportunities for images.


From the law school to the Parliamentary office building (the Beehive) is just a short walk

I don’t take pictures of the food, you understand, but arriving early and wandering about afterwards gives me time in which to make pictures. Of course, the fact that it’s lunch time automatically means that the light is less than ideal. I started around the law school, known to many as the Old Government Building. As a law school, it is ideally placed, with the District Court, the High Court and the Supreme Court all within 100 metres, and parliament across the road. It is housed in a very handsome building with a lot of history.

Sea Princess

Sea Princess in Wellington on a grey day

As is my habit, I  was early, so I walked around the block, and looked down Aotea Quay to where the Sea Princess was berthed. The drizzle seemed to discourage many of its passengers from the walk along the Quay to the city.


Christmas wrapping

Around the corner into Bunny street, and just across the road is our Christmas wrapped railway station. I had a congenial lunch with my friend and then wandered onwards.


The harbour from the lookout on Onslow Rd

My randomizing instinct took me up Onslow Road to Khandallah where there is a lookout offering a splendid view over the harbour. This resulted in a misty weather panorama.

Inner harbour

Inner Harbour from Amritsar St. The ships are the container ship, Sri Lanka, the bulk carrier, Emilie Bulker, and the cruise liner, Sea Princess

When I first moved to Wellington in the late sixties, I had a flat in Amritsar Street for a few months, so I indulged the nostalgia and drove down it until I came to yet another fine view over the inner harbour.  In the left foreground is the upper part of the vast rambling complex that was the Wellington home and architectural office of the late Sir Ian Athfield.

That’s it for today.





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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