The Winter solstice is always welcome as a sign that summer is on its way. Of course there is a lot of winter’s weather yet to come, but we know that the days will get progressively longer. Just ten more days to solstice.
As long as I am in Wellington, the weather tends to shape the course of my photography. We have had a lot of days with low cloud and actual rain, and my first image in this edition is from Petone beach looking towards the sunlit city … for some reason, the sun picked out the central city and left the outer suburbs in the shade.
As I have said before, there are times when the only way to deal with a problem is to make the problem the focus of the story. My next image is taken at Karapoti on the edge of the Akatarawa forest. There was intermittent rain but it was a joy to look at.
Something about the conditions brought out fantails in their hundreds on the Akatarawa river. It was easy to catch them at rest, but catching them in flight is another matter entirely. I generally regard the image as successful if the bird’s eye is sharp.
The mist takes many forms and as I was closing up for the night, I was attracted to the light of the city glowing up through the fog in the valley.
The next morning showed more promise for a better day, though the fog lingered around Avalon.
Then the rain came back, so I resorted to still life. I called this “the darkness at the bottom of the glass”, and you can interpret that as you will.
I made a black box in which to shoot objects against an absolute black background. No flower or other small object is safe.
Yesterday was almost fine, so Mary and I went for a walk in the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary. The shags have some juveniles that are almost the same size as adults, but not yet fully fledged. The adults, meanwhile, keep bringing material for maintenance of the nests.
My final shot of this edition, also from Zealandia, is of a North Island robin or Toutouwai. This endearing little birds are totally fearless and will sit on your boots in pursuit of the insects stirred up as you walk. Of course the long lens you have on will not focus that closely, so you have to watch them as they flit around you, until they are far enough away.