This edition is shorter than usual. The reason is simply that there were days when the weather was unsuited for my preferred styles of photography so no pictures were made. I would rather miss a day than knowingly deliver mediocrity. Of course this exposes me to the danger of delivering mediocrity unaware. My basic rule is to not show an image that I don’t like. So here we go in the brief penultimate edition for 2018.
It is a bit of a stretch, in my opinion, to call Otaki Beach a beach. It is more of a horizontal quarry … formed mainly of heavy pebbles carried down the Otaki River from the Tararua ranges, Nevertheless it is a place of prolific bird life, and I was pleased to see this New Zealand Pipit chasing yellowhammers away from its preferred singing posts.
It is the season for Pohutukawa blossom, and I decided to catch a cluster of blossoms in the very earliest stage of its flowering.
I was in the city for lunch on Tuesday and decided to look at the reflecting pool beside the supreme court. Then I remembered the “look behind” rule so tried from the other end. Bowen House forms a suitable backstop to the pool, but you can line up the view only by getting over the small fence into what is presumable the private grounds of the court-house. I stayed outside but lifted my camera and tripod over the boundary. A few minutes later I was approached by two members of the court security service. Happily, they were unarmed, and did their job in a friendly kiwi style, and were keen to see how the slow exposure worked. We live in a blessed country.
Did I mention pohutukawa already? There is a grove of them at the South end of Muritai Rd in Eastbourne, and they are early bloomers. They are also a magnet for the wild honey bees which seem to be making a comeback in the region.
On Friday, I was at Petone Beach and the harbour and sky were both impossibly blue. On the sharply drawn horizon line, I could see the Kaitaki heading out on the 9am sailing to Picton. Incoming was Tangaroa, the NIWA fisheries research vessel.
That’s all for now. To those of you who, like me, celebrate Christmas, warmest wishes for a wonderful occasion. See you all next week, perhaps