December 20, 2015 … from a high point

My images today are a somewhat random collection.


Looking down on the city from on high. The view of the charter boat “Sweet Georgia” is through Ballance St.

All were taken high above Wellington on Te Ahumairangi Hill. The views of the inner city from up there are clean and crisp and I enjoy these aspects of our city.


Looking through Ballance St again the ferry from Days Bay is arriving at the city terminal.

With a long lens, the camera needs swing just a few degrees left or right to offer a completely different perspective on Wellington.


The tui has a long nectar seeking tongue that gets into the deepest flowers

There was a  lot of birdsong where I was standing and soon several tuis overcame their wariness to resume their gathering of nectar from the flax blossoms.


I wish I could replicate the growl of this engine as it circled overhead

Then another bird came into view. This time it was the growl of a 285 hp radial engine that caught my attention. The Chinese Nanchang CJ-6A is much enjoyed by warbird enthusiasts around the world. This one was circling in what I imagine was a holding pattern because at Wellington Airport, I believe that general aviation takes second place to the scheduled commercial services. After a stream of Airbus and ATR aircraft, the Nanchang (appropriately registered ZK-MAO) growled off across the harbour to join the approach to the South.

Oriental Bay

Oriental Bay across the harbour

As I drove down the winding roads towards the city another viewpoint opened up and I couldn’t resist one last view across the harbour to Oriental Bay. That nice sandy beach (shipped across the strait from Golden  Bay) is ready for a summer that has yet to arrive in any meaningful way.  I live in hope.

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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