Come on a walk in Wellington

I went for a long, long walk a few weeks ago, and this is what I saw:

A pink lady trying to pretend that winter won't come

A cave-garage carved into the hillside

A cruise ship heading for sea among a flotilla of sailboats

Red red berries against a (differently) red brick wall

Clay rocks that look like art

A random carpentry table sitting by the side of a busy road

A bilingual sign

Some shellfish clinging to rocks

Rocks covered in the footprints of a hundred thousand shellfish that cling no more

Santa Clause in a speedboat, monitoring a sailboat race

A red-beaked shorebird searching for his dinner

A bucket. Some poor walrus somewhere is having a bad day.

An airplane rising into the wide blue yonder

A big boat, and a lonely seagull

A long, long pier, with some not-so-lonely seagulls and fairy terns

Some brilliantly coloured native grass


  1. Maire says

    Those are beautiful. I particularly like the variable oystercatcher searching for dinner.

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  2. Maire says

    Those are beautiful. I particularly like the variable oystercatcher searching for dinner.

    • And I like that you know what it is! I’m going to use the name every chance I get now! “Oh…this dress…yes, the colour scheme was inspired by a variable oystercatcher”

      • Maire says

        Black oystercatchers are invariably variable oystercatchers. Pied oystercatchers are sometimes variable oystercatchers and sometimes pied oystercatchers. I kind of love this.

        (Another way of saying this is to say that some variable oystercatchers are black and some are pied, but that’s less fun.)

  3. Madame Ornata says

    Awesome photos! And to continue the biology lesson – the shellfish clinging to rocks are blue mussels (Mytilus edulis), edible and common on the south coast here and something the oyster catcher would like for breakfast 🙂

  4. Elise says

    Wow–you have a wonderful life. Thanks for sharing pieces of it. (And cool friends, too! MO just shown in the dress!)

    • Oh, thank you! I work hard to make my life wonderful too – it’s so easy to not notice all the amazing stuff around you.

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