Category Archives: Petone

January 19, 2019 … Wellington, my “Tūrangawaewae”

I love the Maori concept of Tūrangawaewae. Literally, it translates as the standing place on which you plant yourself. More specifically, it is the place of special significance to you, the place of empowerment, your place in the world. A … Continue reading

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August 17, 2018 … nor any drop to drink*

Though I am not an ancient mariner, I seem to find water, water everywhere*. My first image this week is of the bend in the Hutt River near Totara Park, Upper Hutt. Apart from the patch of white water, the … Continue reading

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June 26, 2018 … and still it goes

With a very few exceptions, in the last week or so, we have been experiencing Wellington’s version of winter. That translates as heavy overcast, strong wind, interspersed with rain or occasionally hail. We rarely get snow, but some of our … Continue reading

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February 2, 2018 … all good things come to an end, eventually

January has been a month of mixed fortunes. Weather-wise, from my photographic point of view, it was great, with sun, little wind and lots of warmth. That has now been replaced by a severe gale suddenly lashing central New Zealand. … Continue reading

Posted in adversity, Bees, Cars, harbour, Landscapes, Light, Lower Hutt, Manawatu, Masterton, Masterton, Petone, Wairarapa, Weather, Wellington | 2 Comments

May 17, 2017 … random acts of seeing

As some of you know, landscapes are my most common form of photography. A well known photographic tutor has said “first you have to be somewhere”. To be honest, I am not entirely sure he is right, at least not … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Birds, Evans Bay, harbour, Horokiwi, Landscapes, Light, night, Petone, sunrise | 2 Comments

August 7, 2016 … winter starts to bite

If you live in far Northern parts of the world, you will probably sneer, but nevertheless, Wellington is capable of inflicting bone-chilling teeth-chattering winter misery. It is rarely accompanied by snow, but the Southerly wind with near horizontal rain is … Continue reading

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December 17, 2015 … after a long absence

My granddaughter Grace had a list of things to see and do. She wanted to see a wind farm, since there are none near her home in Brisbane. We went out to Makara and drove up to the West Wind … Continue reading

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November 14, 2015 … and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking*

It was a day for the harbour. Sadly there was a brisk and chilling Southerly most of the day, and the chance of still water or reflections is small when that is happening. Passing through Oriental Bay at mid day … Continue reading

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October 29, 2015 … dishing the dirt

For as long as we have been in Wellington, they have been there. On Parkside Rd, opposite the Waiwhetu Stream in Gracefield, Lower Hutt, there is a cluster of large satellite dishes. I am guessing that the largest of them … Continue reading

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October 18, 2015 … here today, gone tomorrow

Wandering yesterday, I passed the botanic gardens. Despite a boisterous wind, the tulip beds were in remarkably good shape and attracted many visitors. Two young Vietnamese women  wearing traditional ao dai were posing for photographs, and they brought back memories … Continue reading

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