Winter in Wellington is a total lottery. Statistically, the season is wetter, windier and colder, but any given day can range from howling wind and rain to mirror calm and clear sunlight.
With family and friends in town, I visited the city a few times and got some of the good stuff. Midland Park is a popular venue for the lunch crowd, even if the seats are still damp from recent rain.
Along Lambton Quay, I spotted a tree in a planter at the Terrace level.
Later in the week, having taken nothing all day, I got a call from Mary at work, alerting me to the moon rising over a spectacular cloud bank on the Eastern Hills.
A day or so later, I got a text from a friend to tell me that the Pauatahanui inlet was flat calm and worth a look. Sadly, such notices have a short shelf-life, and the bright morning had faded by the time I got there.
Later in the week I was in town to celebrate a birthday with a friend and enjoyed a still day on the harbour.
That same evening, a clear sky and a near full moon provided a lovely view over the valley from home.
Towards the end of the week, I went to the Hutt estuary where there was a lovely golden evening.
In the weekend just past, we had a strong gale, and I went looking for serious waves. I timed it wrong, so this was the best I managed.