November 9, 2016 … staying close to home

I decided not to mention the (expletive deleted) meteorological circumstances, so moving right along …

Architecture

The Eastern facade of the former Whitcoulls building

A walk on Lambton Quay gives views of some rather nice old buildings, though for now it is difficult to evade the trolley wires. Happily (from my perspective), the trolleybuses are soon to be replaced by hybrid buses and the wires which have been an eyesore for so long will be removed.

Mist

Into the mist at Kaitoke

Rain in copious quantities turned the skies grey and the bush wet. I wandered up towards Kaitoke, the city’s water catchment area at the foot of the Tararua ranges. I like misty landscapes but so far have not achieved the level of impact that I would like.

River

Hutt River just downstream from the waterworks at Kaitoke

Under the dripping canopy of the bush, I got to look out on the upper waters of the Hutt River sliding by. The rattle of pebbles was almost drowned out by the hiss of rain on the water and on the leaves above.

Peony

Peony

At the riverside market on Saturday, Mary bought a few peonies and mentioned to the vendor that the image being used to advertise them was one of mine. The lady gave her a couple of extras by way of thanks. I was happy for the opportunity to spend more time with these magnificent blooms.

Peonies

Peonies

They are very sensitive to temperature and if not kept cool will open up prematurely and get droopy. In their prime, they are magnificent.

Warrior

Model of HMS Warrior by Mr Graham Beeson

My last shot this week is of a model displayed in a local gallery as the centrepiece of a naval-themed exhibition. Built by Mr Graham Beeson, the ship is representative of the Royal Navy’s Warrior class of armoured cruiser, 1905. It is painted in the then novel “dazzle” scheme on the starboard side, and naval grey on the port.

See you next week.

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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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One Response to November 9, 2016 … staying close to home

  1. Cliff Pratt says:

    Hm, the trolleybus wires have carried the CityNet fibre cables since CityNet’s inception. I don’t know if they still do. The retirement of the trolleys may be an issue for CityNet.

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