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June 1, 2018 … challenging every shot

It may be an illusion, but I seem to be making progress. Whether or not that is so, I continue to enjoy the process.

Stamens and pistil of a lovely lily

This edition begins with a macro shot to fill in a wet and stormy day. Mary had a lovely arrangement of flowers including a large lily, so I got up close and personal to its working bits.

A stairway in the lagoon at Frank Kitts Park

When the weather relented I went to town and enjoyed the stillness on the Whairepo lagoon in Frank Kitts Park. As with the lily, I seem to have decided that sometimes, a part tells more than the whole.

To the left of Victoria University’s School of Business is the classical facade of the parliamentary library. Above and behind that to the left is the front of the Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral.

Wellington’s urban architecture is varied. It ranges from the brutal utilitarian to the classic. No matter how it is classified, I find it makes a pleasing contrast with the harbour and the hills.

Robotic butterflies for the Lux festival.

Recently the city enjoyed a festival of light. I didn’t manage to visit it during the hours of darkness but enjoyed seeing the various components during the day. The stained-glass butterflies apparently flapped their wings when they were turned on.


I am unsure whether this screen which is part of the festival was actually one of the illuminated exhibits or merely an advertisement for the festival itself. In any event, I liked the ghostly translucence and the ordinary things in the background.

Titahi Bay
Titahi Bay boat sheds

Now and then I get out to the Western areas. In this case, the boat sheds at Titahi Bay make a bold statement.

Jonquils out of season

Today, June 1, is officially the beginning of our Winter. How then does it come about that I am seeing a lot of jonquils, the traditional harbinger of spring? Whatever the reason, they are a joy to behold.

Patterns at QEII park, but no birds

I went to Queen Elizabeth II Park in Paekakariki in the hope of seeing water fowl on the wetlands. Not a thing. No swans, ducks, dabchicks or geese. Not even a swallow. It was necessary to make do with the background.

On Birchville Dam

After a few days of persistent rain, Mary and I went up to Upper Hutt, well wrapped, and with my camera in its storm jacket, and walked up the Cannon’s Point walkway to the Birchville Dam. I got lucky and the rain stopped just before I got to the dam. Perfect stillness reflected the beauty of the bush.

Kaitoke Swing Bridge

A day or two later, still in conditions of cold damp drizzle, I went to the Kaitoke Waterworks Reserve, and made my way around the Swingbridge Loop. This hour-long walk begins with a wobbly crossing across the Hutt River. I have referred before to my dislike of heights, and I can add to that, the lack of rigidity. Gritting my teeth, I set up the tripod, and waited for the oscillations to stop.

More next time.


By 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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