December 30, 2015 … the seals of approval

And still the great weather persists.


One of the smaller tractor-trailer combinations hauls a small fishing boat from the water at Ngawi

Yesterday (Tuesday), we took our grandchildren over to Martinborough where their parents David and Rowena have rented a holiday cottage for a few days. Ants and Sarah came too, in their own car since we had insufficient seats for everyone. Then, in a three-car convoy, we set out to Cape Palliser. A candidate for the most photographed place in the Wairarapa must be the fishing village of Ngawi where the boats are launched and retrieved on the steep pebbled beach by means of heavy welded trailers, each towed by its own bulldozer.

Bigger rig

A bigger rig hauls a catamaran up the beach.

The trailer wheels look as if they are salvaged from old earth-moving machines. The trailers are made from old girders welded to make massively over-engineered cradles into which the boats drive at some speed until they can lash themselves to the sides. Then the big diesels open up and the long draw-bars haul the whole arrangement up to the roadside where family wait with plastic fish-baskets and ice to carry the haul away to a chiller. On previous visits, most of the fleet was out of the water. On this occasion, the fine weather resulted in a lot of retrievals as I watched.


New Zealand fur seal

From there, we  carried on through the village and beyond to Mangatoetoe and over the ford, around the rocky foreshore road to the seal colony at Cape Palliser. After a happy lunch, we went looking for the seals.


Bad breath

The New Zealand fur seals are not hard to find, and sometimes almost too easy. You know you are in trouble when a seemingly innocent rock proves to have fishy halitosis and rears up to suggest you choose another route.


Pups in the nursery

Cape Palliser is one of three major colonies around the South Coast and we were fortunate to see a school of pups playing in the nursery pool.

Caribbean ID

Caribbean ID bound for Tauranga

The family decided to do the climb (253 steps up and down)  up to the lighthouse while I went looking for images at a lower level. The vessel on the skyline may be “Caribbean ID” bound from Wellington to Tauranga to collect more logs.

It was a wonderful day.





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 30, 2015 … the seals of approval

  1. John Titchener says:

    Hi Brian, Am REALLY going to miss your daily contribution towards a better and brighter world. Thank you so much for sharing them over the years. CheersJohnT

  2. dennisw77009 says:

    “Closing time
    Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” the Semisonics
    It’s been a great run! I hope, and believe, you have enjoyed doing it as much, or more, than your faithful followers.

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