November 17, 2018 … Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow*

Day by day, time passes. Of course, there is no other way to get here. That’s how we get older, how our kids got older, and how our grandchildren are starting to graduate from high school and so on. It comes at a cost, of course. Creaking bones, uncertain balance and perhaps a bit less confidence than I used to have. But I would not change a thing. I am loving where I am and who my kids are, and who my beautiful grandchildren are.  And until the final recall notice, I shall just keep on enjoying life as it comes, day by day.


Coming through the mist, two ferries return home


Even the grey days bring their pleasures. I was standing on the Eastern end of Petone Beach when I spotted the ferries Kaitaki and Strait Feronia emerging through the mist at the harbour entrance. The sharp horizon line contrasts with the softness of the weather in the South.


I like the contrast between the sharp lines of the oil terminal and the softness of the hills beyond

If you know the children’s movie, “The Never Ending Story” in which the world is steadily being eaten by “the nothing” you get a sense of what I saw as I looked past the Point Howard oil terminal to the distant city being relentlessly swallowed by the mist.

Rock pool

Blues and greens, ebb and flow and beauty in the simple things

But a day or two later, reality was restored. I explored some rock pools in Island Bay, and put the steady surge and suck of the water on hold for a few seconds.


Prettier than many a glass fibre gin-palace

If you have read more than a few of my blog entries, you will be familiar with  my constant battle with debilitating self-doubt as I struggle to see the essential simplicity that makes for a better image. This one, at least, I like. It is a simple working dory, moored in the shelter of the breakwater at the Hikoikoi reserve in the Hutt River estuary. Warm varnish, red boot topping and blue-green  water combine nicely, I think.

Bee on flax

How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower! (Isaac Watts)

Among my fellow bird photographers, many of us are members of “the tail feathers club” … membership is attained by pushing the shutter too late, and catching no more than a glimpse of the rear of the departing bird. I think membership could be extended to similar photographs of any life form. Here, we see the North end of a South-bound honey bee, looking for nectar among the flax flowers.


The never-ending restoration project … step one: start

This image is very similar to an image I made just a few weeks ago, but the light is so much better this time, I just had to try again.


Looking in on the city from the North

I like looking at Wellington from different angles. In this instance, I was on a narrow road high up in the semi-rural suburb of Horokiwi, looking back across Newlands to the central city, up to Kelburn  and to Brooklyn and the wind turbine and airport radar  on Hawkins Hill


Manuka flower

I was visiting a friend and saw a lovely mass of red on a shrub in his garden. He purchased  it as a Boronia. I think he should seek a refund from his garden shop. This is clearly Leptospermum scoparium … the manuka


Such short-lived beauty

Then Mary was given some roses so I had some more fun with the light box. In camera club circles you will rarely do well with simple flower images, but as William Blake wrote, “to see a heaven in a flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand” … who cares about camera club success?

Makahika Stream

Perfect peace

To the East of Levin, over the hill from the Kohitere Forest is the Makahika Stream at the edge of the Tararua Forest Park. A pleasant place where the only sound apart from the wind in the trees and the flowing river is wonderful birdsong, dominated by tui and the grey warbler.

Enough for this week. See you again soon.

* Shakespeare – Macbeth


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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4 Responses to November 17, 2018 … Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow*

  1. Margaret Jorgensen says:

    Is an artist ever satisfied? Tis the plight of a creative person 😦

  2. dennisw77009 says:

    I’ve been one of your “groupies” starting with soc-culture new zealand, the WYSIWYG News, and, since 2012, wysiwygpurple. You have “upped your game” in recent months with more and more photos that cause me to pause, enjoy at length, and copy to my growing personal collection of your work.

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