Back in June last year Wellington celebrated Matariki ki Pōneke. The city held a month long series of events. From live music and dance to fireworks and light shows. My personal highlight was here at the Whairepo Lagoon. From Frank Kitts Park looking down on The Albatross Fountain with the lagoon behind. Matariki is the Maori name for a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster. Matariki appears in the eastern sky sometime around the shortest day of the year. Floating on the water are the Wai Ahi Floating Braziers. These braziers represent the stars of Matariki. On the other side of the lagoon was a stage with live music and dance.
On the hillside in Miramar, Wellington has a Hollywood-style sign. Facing the airport to be seen by people flying into the city. It’s made from corrugated iron with three-metre high letters. Wellington is the world’s wildest city. So it makes sense to have the last letters symbolising a wind gust.
Whilst seeing and photographing the Carter Fountain most days. I’ve not published a photograph of the fountain before. This is Oriental Bay, one of my favourite parts of Wellington. The fountain isn’t on all the time, only a few hours a day weather permitting. It cycles through a rainbow of colours. I tried to capture the various colours but found the green to be my favourite. It contrasts well with the blues and oranges of the rest of the scene. Making the fountain stand out as the focal point of the image. I have captured the fountain zoomed in with the city skyline behind but I wanted to include more of the bay. Seeing this line of rocks I moved around the include them. These rocks in the foreground lead your eye towards the fountain. This is a 20 second long exposure with my new Sony full frame digital camera.
Walking along the waterfront and spotting this photographer I knew I had to get my camera out. Here we can see the sun rising over the Hutt Valley. The hills behind are in the low cloud. The rays of light from the sun are what stopped the man in the foreground and many others stop to capture this scene. Taken at about 8:15am at the end of May, here in New Zealand this is winter time. So there isn’t anyone using this diving board or rowing in the harbour. Captured on my iPhone this shows how far the quality of phone cameras have come over the last 10 years.