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April 13, 2018 … tightening the screws

My artistic muses keep telling me that I make too many images, and that I should try to set a higher standard. I keep agreeing with them, but struggle to comply. Let’s see how we go this week.

Looking down on the inner city

A bright Wellington Autumn day tempted me to go up Te Ahumairangi Hill from where there are a number of viewpoints over the inner harbour.

Anniversary flowers

In the period since I last wrote, Mary and I celebrated 48 years of marriage, and our elder daughter marked the occasion with a nice bouquet which was worth having a look at.

Kaitaki heaving into the swell



Later in the week, from the top of Brooklyn Hill, I spotted the interisland ferry Kaitaki battling her way into a heavy Nor’Westerly swell off the coast of Island Bay. Since I have to make this trip myself, next week, I was fascinated. I am not a good sailor.

Owhiro Bay in a Southerly

From down at sea level, in Owhiro Bay a day or two later, I enjoyed watching the Southerly waves roll in, heavy and green.

Youth and speed versus age and cunning

Yesterday I spent some time on the inner harbour waterfront watching the world go by reflected in the residue of some recent heavy rain. I liked the contrast between youth and age.

The Southern wall of the Tararuas

As the clouds lifted, they revealed the snow on the high peaks of the Tararuas. Considering that this is early April, this is a very early sign of winter on its way.

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April 3, 2018 … drop anchor

Another week, another post. I seem to be going through a flat spot, with little or no inspiration. However, we persist, as we always have.

In the National Art Gallery which was, to my eye, truly disappointing

Mary and I went to the national museum, Te Papa. We had heard that the part of it that is the National Art Galley had been renewed. Alas, the only part of it that I regarded as traditional art consisted of mostly colonial era portraits. There are apparently in excess of 2.5 million items in the collection and this was the best they could do? I am convinced that art gallery curators march to a different drummer to the majority of us.

A mantis, waiting patiently for something edible to come within range

A few days of really fine weather brought out a number of New Zealand mantises which is bad luck if you are on their diet, but interesting for the rest of us.

From our front door across the valley to Naenae

A few spectacular moments in the morning sometimes yield a useful image, though often, I miss it entirely.

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Coast guard in Evans Bay

In Evans Bay, the Coast Guard were setting out for a training exercise and cutting a fine figure on the blue water.

An empty landscape … or is it?

Over Easter weekend, we got a nice break.  I found a new technique that allows me to add a whole lot of images together and apply statistical techniques to eliminate any elements that are not present in most or all of the images. A landscape that was full of cars, bikes, people and dogs is suddenly empty. I love it.

Sheltering from the ugly wind

This morning, the wind was blustery, and indeed, miserable. A flock of royal spoonbills was huddled among the reeds at Pauatahanui.  There were 28 in all, which is quite a flock for this area.

In view of the scarcity of offers on our house, we have decided to withdraw from the market for a while. We have no urgent external need to move so here we stay.