November 24,2016 … so much to be thankful for

Thanksgiving as an organized  festival, is not part of New Zealand’s history or culture. Nevertheless, as we emerge from that nightmare of a week with earthquakes and flooding, it is impossible not to be grateful for all that we have. When the Earth stops moving and the sun shines again, we look around and rejoice in the beauty of our land, in the caring of our people for those in trouble, and the comparative sanity and representative nature of our system of government.

Cloud

Rolling over the top – the Hutt Valley

It took a while for the weather to clear and there were some surly looking clouds for a while.

Flotilla

Four of the five ships. From near to far, they are HMNZS Te Kaha, HMCS Vancouver, HMAS Darwin and HMNZS Endeavour. The USS Sampson is just out of view

Meanwhile, down in Kaikoura, there was a concentrated effort to bring relief to those most affected by the earthquakes. One praiseworthy effort was that ships from the US Navy, the Canadian and Australian Navies joined HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Endeavour in making their helicopters and cargo handling expertise available. When that task was done, the five vessels sailed as a flotilla back to Auckland which was their original destination to celebrate 75 years of the Royal New Zealand Navy. They stopped in Wellington  en route presumably for PR purposes.

Harbour

Wellington Harbour from Lowry Bay

That night, I went around the Eastern Bays to see if I could catch a shot of the flotilla. Sadly the haze from a beautiful day rendered them almost invisible with their battleship grey paint. Never mind, it was a beautiful afternoon.

House

Derelict farm-house on Lake Wairarapa

On Monday, Mary and I did a day trip into the Wairarapa, driving down the Western side of the lake. The remains of a once grand farm-house caught my eye.

Seal

NZ Fur Seal

The lake itself was not in a photogenic mood, so Mary suggested we go along the coast to Cape Palliser.  Just near the cape, there is a set of rock pools which is used by New Zealand Fur Seals as a nursery and it is a pleasure to watch the pups and their mothers frolicking in the sheltered pools.

Wildflowers

The mountain is just to the right of centre

On the way back, at Mangatoetoe, there is a proliferation of wild flowers so I tried a low angle to capture Tapuae-o-Uenuku across the flowers and the strait.That summit is 153 km away.  My next post will be from Brisbane.

 

 

 

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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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