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October 9, 2014 … at the end of the day

It’s no secret that I am strongly attracted to all things related to the sea.

Stena Polaris
She keeps finding her way into my camera … the Stena Polaris at Miramar

I could never live far from the sea, and when the weather is fine, or indeed when it is rough I like to see what is happening around the harbour and coast line. I was wandering about yesterday, and found myself coming along the ridge towards Mt Victoria. Down below me was a sight that was by now quite familiar. Yes, the Stena Polaris popped up again, this time at the Miramar oil wharf where I presume she would be offloading avgas for the tanks that supply the airport. That’s the last time, I promise.

Petone
A hazy panorama from Petone Beach

In the evening, I had a committee meeting to attend in Eastbourne. Since Daylight Saving Time is with us, I reached the Esplanade at Petone as the sun was creating some interesting “magic hour” effects. The hills above the glittering water are the suburb of Newlands and somewhere in the haze straight ahead is Wellington city. Then the sky went grey so I headed on around the bays to Eastbourne.

Eastbourne
A spectacular sky over Miramar

As I arrived at my destination the sky flared again and I spent a few moments snatching a sequence of shots that I could stitch as a panorama. This view is from the shingly beach at Eastbourne looking across the harbour mouth to the Miramar Peninsula. I love being near the sea.

That’s all for now.

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February 21, 2013 …sun-flecked river bank

Unless you are a new reader, you will have noticed that I like the high places.

They offer splendid views and confer magnificence on scenes that are quite ordinary at street level. My first shot yesterday was from the North and East of Newlands, looking down on the Petone foreshore.

Petone and the harbour from Newlands
For some reason, these magnificent views don’t command a premium in the real estate world.

This shot would work better at a different time of day and with different water conditions, but since I am doing (at least) a photo a day, I work with what I have when I am there.

In the afternoon, I went over the Wainuiomata hill again and up the length of Moore’s Valley. Parts of it are quite pretty, but sadly the power and telephone wires spoiled most of the best views. I am sure there are views to be had there, and I shall try again another day.

Back in Wainuiomata village, near Homedale, there is a pretty stream that passes under the road, and the bright gleam of sunlight on green elm leaves got my attention.

Poole Crescent Reserve, Wainuiomata
A study in green and brown

I parked, and walked down beside the river. The walkway leads into a pleasant park called Poole Crescent Reserve. As you might expect for a stream that runs through native bush, the water is tanned a dark translucent brown. IMG_2018Ducks abound, and the banks are somewhat overgrown with blackberries. The crop of berries is ripening nicely. I needed to get back to other matters so I came back up the path, enjoying the light and shade as I walked.Back-lit leaves beside the stream

A more confined range tomorrow as my car is being repaired. Walking distance shots only.

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August 29, 2012 … a blue and green landscape

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth …

… is a well deserved criticism from one’s own son. His comment on yesterday’s post was phrased more diplomatically, but between the lines, I read “stop whining and do something about it”. Similarly, my friend Adam proposed some worthwhile solutions to my recurring crisis of “ad hoc-ism”, wherein the day comes to an end and THEN I start looking for a subject. They are both right, and since each is an accomplished photographer in his own right, I feel obliged to do something about it.

My friend Toya pointed me to yet another standpoint for views of our city, so in a wonderful Wellington afternoon, I went up the Ngauranga Gorge to Newlands and out onto the East-facing slopes above the harbour.

By now, you will have gathered that this city’s magnificent landscape moves me, and that seeing it from a new place is exciting. Newlands is a suburb overlooking the harbour, to the North of  State Highway 1 and the Ngauranga Gorge. There seems to be a good deal of land yet to be developed, and the houses on the seaward fringes seem to be on a far grander scale than most of the older housing stock in the area.

To the North East over the lower Hutt Valley and PetoneIt would be a shame not to make the most of such views, though weatherproofing may require special attention. If you have an unobstructed view to the South, then obviously, Southerly weather has easy unobstructed access to you. However, on a day like yesterday, such considerations can be put to one side.  Grey warblers were offering their cascading songs in the bush just below, and the predominance of blue gold and green in the view promoted a sense of well-being.

To the South East, Miramar Peninsula, the airport, Kilbirnie and Mt VictoriaAircraft on approach to Wellington Airport across the bay passed low overhead, so that the whistling of lowered flaps and undercarriage could be heard clearly, as could the adjustments to power to maintain the glide slope. It seemed there was one every few minutes, and I was reminded of a furore which arose in the early 70’s when an Air New Zealand DC-8 passed so low overhead, well below the normal height, that it scared the heck out of the residents. For an aerophile like me, this is wonderful. I can see that others might be less enthusiastic.

To the South and West, the city, Brooklyn, and Wright's HillThe viewpoint changes with each fold in the landscape, and some can see to the North, some to the South, some get it all. But no two views are quite the same.

OK, must prepare for today’s image.

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