October 12, 2016 – seasonal transitions

Our city has a reputation for the speed at which its atmosphere moves past. It’s citizens get defensive, and some are even in denial. However, for a week now, the harbour and other bodies of water have ranged from ruffled to tempestuous.

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms in Lower Hutt

But let’s start at the beginning. The annual exhibition of the Hutt Camera Club ended on Sunday, but prior to that I spent time at the desk, welcoming visitors and answering questions. At the end of my shift, I went across the road to the Cherry Blossom walk in Riddiford gardens. They are performing beautifully.


Grace greets her Gran while Mum does the heavy pushing

On Friday, our daughter-in-law Rowena and our granddaughter Grace flew in from Brisbane to see the World of Wearable Art show. Before they moved to Australia, Grace was a frequent visitor. Sadly, trips are much less frequent than they used to be and much more valued. Our mischievous little imp has become a tall beautiful young woman who has to bend over a long way to give her Gran a hug, and Gran has to stand on tip toes to receive it. It was a delight to have them both stay with us, and now they have gone again.

Evans bay

Evans bay in a Northerly

This morning I wandered looking for my insights the blustery weather might give. I drove around Miramar Peninsula beginning at Evan’s Bay. The wind was lifting sheets of water and slapping waves into the oil wharf.

Breaker Bay

Breaker Bay gusts

Around the peninsula at Breaker Bay, the spiteful nature of the wind was evidenced by the great curtains of spray blowing out near the harbour entrance. The growl of jet engines alerted me to an Airbus A320 climbing out after an aborted approach to the airport. This was a seriously gusty day.


Kaiarahi inbound from Picton

Near Moa Point, I saw the ferry Kaiarahi on the horizon With the wind on her beam, I am guessing it was a lively crossing for her passengers. More howling overhead indicated another captain slamming the throttles wide open to abort the landing of a Q300 turboprop from Nelson. I hope for a quick return to calmer days.


Cherry Blossom riot

If nothing else it might keep the cherry blossoms around for longer.



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 October 12, 2016 – seasonal transitions

  1. Dennis W says:

    I find any Spring (love the cherry blossoms) more desirable than any Fall. My wife doesn’t necessarily agree, but that’s OK.

  2. It is so rewarding being a grandparent. Still enjoy your blog 🙂

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