My warmest Christmas wishes to you all.
To those of you who have other traditions, may I send you warmest wishes for whatever festivals you celebrate. I am looking forward to family coming round to join us soon, but while the house is quiet, I’ll deal with today’s analysis of yesterday’s wandering. It seemed to me, on Christmas Eve, that I wanted to make pictures of this city that I love so much. The weather was very pleasant, though still a little windy so I went up to Mt Victoria.
On my way down the hill, a stand of grass seed heads caught my eye. If you saw the Lord of the Rings, and remember the seen where Frodo and his Hobbit companions are fleeing the Shire pursued by the dark riders, there was a scene where they were hiding down a bank and you could see just the black legs of the horse. This was where that scene was shot and this grass was probably fertilised by that very horse.
After crossing Constable St., I went up Coromandel St, and walked up into the southern part of the Town Belt. It seems strange to me that, after five years of daily images, I am still finding new places from which to see my city. I wish you could see a high-resolution version of this image. It is a panorama taken from the Town Belt near the Zoo, looking back to Newtown and the city. Made of seventeen images, this picture seems to have more detail than any of my previous panoramas. Give it a click to see it as big as possible.
And how can I present Christmas in Wellington without a Pohutukawa shot? This one was near the wharf at Petone. May this season be a peaceful and happy one for you.
Time to greet the family.