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October 25, 2018 … here we are again

A busy time since the last post.

The sun has gone to bed and so must I

Out in the gloaming (do people still use that word?) and I just loved the colours in the Seaview Marina. I was a bit nervous about this long exposure because I was standing on a floating pontoon, and the risk of movement was high.

Ornamental pond at Cross Hills Gardens, Kimbolton

Mary and I drove to Cross Hills Gardens near Kimbolton in the Manawatu district. The gardens specialise in rhododendrons and azaleas. I made lots of images but the one I liked best was of the ornamental pond.

NZ Falcon in Lower Hutt

My youngest son is a police officer in charge of land search and rescue operations in the region. He was out looking for a missing person and got dive-bombed by a pair of New Zealand falcons. My ears pricked up because a pair of falcons defending a territory suggests nesting is happening. I visited the area and sure enough the pair came in very fast and low. I sat down and they sat above me just a few metres away.  Love these birds.

A blare of trumpets

On my way to a function in Tinakori Rd, I passed the open door of a shop that sells brass and wind instruments. I was impressed by the array of brass on the display board and with permission took a few shots.

Onoke Spit – all closed off

A day or two later I was in the South Wairarapa at Lake Ferry. To my surprise, the outlet where Lake Onoke flows to the sea was closed off and the Onoke Spit went all the way across from East to West.  To my even greater surprise, the ocean swells were coming up over the spit and  sliding down the inland slope to the lake. I got wet shoes out of it.

Mighty mountain across a green sea

The view from the spit across the strait to Tapuae-o-Uenuku was spectacular, and I have not adjusted those colours

Fast flowing stream – Korokoro

There was a gap of a few days and then I went wandering up the Korokoro stream track. When I first encountered this stream in 1980, you crossed the stream and got wet feet 23 times. The track is now so developed that all the crossings are bridged and the socks remain dry.

Hutt River
The Hutt River near Upper Hutt

In Upper Hutt, one beautiful morning early this week, I had to stop to catch the Hutt River flowing down past Totara Park.

Across Lake Wairarapa to the Aorangi Range

From there, it was over the hill again to Lake Wairarapa where the conditions were nearly perfect.

Dancing patterns

On Monday night this week, was the final night of Lower Hutt’s Carnival of Lights. Despite the coincidence of timing, there was no overt connection between this and the festival of Diwali. Anyway, as we arrived, there was a young woman dancing with what I can only describe as illuminated hula-hoops. I opened the shutter for a long exposure as she twirled and danced and got this.

Noise and smoke

The young people were gathered around a sound stage from which a group was performing. Nothing that sounded like my idea of music, but it was a good visual spectacle.

Fireworks closing ceremony

The night concluded with a fireworks display, and again the long exposure allowed the sequence of fireworks to paint patterns in the air.

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October 11, 2018 … self-inflicted injury

I have spent most of my free time in the last month,  judging competitions for camera clubs. That amounted to a carefully considered written paragraph for each of 168 images. I needed to be mindful of each photographer’s sensitivity while at the same time trying to being honest enough to be helpful. This calamity came about because I am the kind of fool who tends to say yes, if possible, but forgets to check whether the due date clashes with promises already made to other groups. And so I found myself judging more or less concurrently for three clubs. This was a self-inflicted injury that will not be repeated.

Rail reflection
The new extension to Rutherford House was added after I retired The railway station was opened 81 years ago.

I spent an afternoon wandering downtown and began to enjoy reflections in the various glass tower blocks. This image shows the Wellington Central railway station  reflected in the glass curtain of the recent extension to the Business School of Victoria University of Wellington.

flannel bush
Flannel bush

From my bedroom window, I spotted an interesting looking plant in my neighbour’s garden. With permission, I acquired one of the flowers and in due course, set about identifying it and then photographing it. It is the Flannel bush (Phylica pubescens)

Rock pools in Tarakena Bay










When I got out a place I liked to go to this month, has been Wellington’s South coast, especially Tarakena Bay which runs from the harbour mouth Westward to Moa Point near the Southern end of the airport.  The sea was relatively calm and I used a neutral density filter to get a long exposure and near total stillness.

Hutt River
Hutt River estuary

Grey skies and little wind tempted me away from the drudgery of judging (thereby increasing the pressure as the deadlines loomed). The Hutt River boatsheds caught my eye here.

Sea fever
“…. And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking” (Sea Fever by John Masefield)

It was a misty morning and I just loved the soft greyness of the day as I looked South to the harbour entrance.

Blue reflections









For the sixth consecutive year, I organized the Wellington chapter of the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk. This year, 17,484 walkers registered to walk in 932 locations around the world. A shot I made during the walk was of the new mirror facade of what used to be the Bowen State building.

Parliament Building, Wellington

From a different architectural era is the parliament building. It is probably not very distinguished among this kind of building. When you get up close, you have to love the Oamaru Stone cladding.

I’m a sucker for receding planes

I have shot this many times, but I can’t resist the varying shades of the receding hills from Lower Hutt to Upper Hutt and the Tararua Ranges in the background.

“Thy sea, O God, so great, My ship so small” (Breton Fisherman’s prayer by Winfred Ernest Garrison)

The stillness was coming to an end, and you can see the ominous front away to the South as seen from Petone Beach. The 9 am sailing of the Kaitaki was heading out  into the wild, on its way to Picton

How happy I am to live in this beautiful city

My last shot this week is also from Petone Beach is across the silvery harbour to Wellington City. See you next time.