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January 10, 2017

Dramatic And Photogenic Weather As We Put To Sea…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s time for Family Kiwidutch, back in 2013, to leave Wellington and head back to the South Island.

On our last morning the low cloud partially lifted and a few streaks of sunshine sneaked in. Coming over the hill from Wainuiomata towards Lower Hutt, we suddenly spy a rainbow, or at least the end of one.

It looks like the “pot of gold” should just be around the next corner further down the hill, unfortunately when we got around the corner the rainbow was gone, so no gold for us on this occasion.

We make our way from Lower Hutt to Wellington and branch off when we see signs for the Ferry Terminal area.

Waiting in the queue to drive the car on board, I photograph the rain falling on the far side of the harbour, the wheeling sea gulls a sign that there was still some rough weather further out in the harbour and out to sea.

It’s dramatic and photogenic weather so I click off some photographs before it is time to board. I know that I took a LOT more photographs even on this fairly short trip but somehow I have completely misplaced them, so you have the very short version. Later, once on board the InterIslander we passed the time looking at the sea and the changing scenery as we left Wellington Harbour behind, crossed the Cook Straight, entered the Marlborough Sounds and then docked at Picton.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 9, 2017

The Thing That Makes The Best Memories, Is The Love That We Share…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Wellington & Region — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back in 2013 Family Kiwidutch arrived in Wellington, New Zealand in stormy weather.

There had just been a cyclone in northern Australia, the tail end of which swept across the Tasman Sea and hit mostly the North Island of New Zealand.

A part hit the South Island’s West coast, the soaring Southern Alps stopped the rain clouds in their tracks, the precipitation was dumped on a coast that is well used to coping with large amounts of water.

The West coast of New Zealand is one of the wettest places on earth, with an average of twelve meters of rain per year. (My converter tells me that that is 39.4 feet for those readers in un-metricated parts of the world).

The east coast of New Zealand’s South Island thus enjoys a drier climate than the rest of the country, and as a kid, before global warming turned the world’s weather on it’s head, I enjoyed long hot dry summers, cold dry blue sky, winters and rain in spring and autumn.

These days the weather is rather pot luck in both the northern and southern hemisphere, with weird weather being the new norm. The storm we arrived in lashed the North Island all week, with the heaviest rain falling in the north and central areas of the North Island. Wellington did not escape so rain poured down the entire four days we were there.

We drove out to see the Christmas lights that people had put on their houses, sadly all but one of my photographs were a fuzzy disaster. We visited one of my cousins and Himself and the kids made a trip to the local swimming pool, on the first day I came down with a heavy cold and spent most of our stay in bed, but we still enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Day with some excellent friends.

The husband in the family is battling late stage cancer at the moment so we hope to return to New Zealand before his time runs out. It was a very special Christmas that no matter what happens in the future, we will remember for much joy, laughter, good food, excellent hospitality and loads of love. It goes to prove that it is not the weather or things that make the best memories, it is the time spent with people that matter and the love we share.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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