August 7, 2016 … winter starts to bite

If you live in far Northern parts of the world, you will probably sneer, but nevertheless, Wellington is capable of inflicting bone-chilling teeth-chattering winter misery. It is rarely accompanied by snow, but the Southerly wind with near horizontal rain is a mean-spirited phenomenon. However, at this time of year, everything is variable.

Avalon

Towards Avalon from home. The mist is drifting slowly towards the sea,

There have been days that were still, and marked by river mist drifting like a serpent down the valley.

Hill St

State Highway 1 arrives in the city on its way to the airport

There were a few clear golden winter days. I found myself on such a morning on Hill Street in the city. I was strolling happily in the bright (but not warm) sun while the traffic on the motorway below suffered the last of the morning rush.

Estuary

High tide and fair weather at the Hutt River estuary

On another such morning, I was checking for herons, as I often do, and just enjoyed the bright still conditions on the Hutt River.

Sandra II

Sandra II is a sturdy little work boat, seen here at rest in Hikoikoi

Following the 180 degree rule (always check behind you), this shot of Sandra II at her mooring gave me some pleasure.

Northerly

Taranaki Street and Courtenay Place intersection in a howling Northerly

However, as I indicated at the beginning, this is winter, and the last few days have been brutal in their typical Wellington way. My last shot is on one of those notorious street corners where pedestrians need to hang tightly to the street light poles to stay in place while waiting for the cross light. When the light does at last turn green, pedestrians battle valiantly into the swirling wind and take one step back for every  two forward. But they are brave Wellingtonians and it is a fair price to pay now and then for the privilege of living in our beautiful city.

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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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One Response to August 7, 2016 … winter starts to bite

  1. Katie says:

    Right now I’m sneering at the endless heat, haze and humidity. Sigh. 😉

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