One more in the daily series after this.
Despite a gloomy forecast, yesterday continued the string of great days. I began my journey at “Dead Man’s Bend” on the Hutt River. More important to me than clear skies is calm water. I have a good friend who prefers photographic grit to pictorialism, but for my part I prefer scenic beauty wherever I can find it.
With the river in this state, perhaps Hikoikoi would be interesting. In a way, it was, but with the very high tide, there was a lot of floating fibrous material and driftwood. Nevertheless, the scene appealed to me.
Then I went looking for a new point of view near the Wellington Harbour Signal Station on the hill above Breaker Bay. This brought me onto a section of the Southern Walkway which stretches from Oriental Bay in the city to the Ataturk Memorial above Tarakena Bay on the South Coast. The path follows the Eastern side of the hill but the view is often obscured by shrubs and trees, so I was pleased to find a gap. The ferry Straitsman was coming in, so I had to scramble to set up the tripod before it passed out of the gap.
Just around the corner was a view to the South. I drive that road quite frequently, but like most Wellingtonians, tend to treat the whole area as part of Breaker Bay. In fact the image shows Eve Bay, Flax Bay, Reef Bay and Palmer Bay culminating in Palmer Head . Tarakena Bay is around the corner. As the image shows, the growth on these slopes contains a high proportion of gorse and other unfriendly trees.
By now it was time for lunch, so I got something in Miramar and then went to the park on Houghton Bay on the South Coast. I watched the small fishing vessel Mystique come racing up from the East. As far as I can discover, she is based at Kaikoura so she is a long way from home. Nevertheless, her skipper was very confident, travelling at some speed very close to those savage rocks.
As I enjoyed my lunch, I was kept company by many small passerines flitting in and out of the low scrub and long grass by the seashore. A pleasant way to spend the day.
And it’s still fine, so I am off to shoot the last daily shots which have been uninterrupted for five years. I am NOT giving up photography or blogging, I am just not doing it EVERY day after this.