On Sunday we went on a Jaguar Car Club “run”, to the Bealey Hotel, for lunch. The weather was rubbish, but the drive was nice, and the company was good. After lunch we three decided to drive on, to Hokitika. In New Zealand you can drive from one side of the country to the other, and back, in a day. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but we were quite late getting home. The weather didn’t improve as we drove further west. However, a silk purse had to be made from the sow’s ear - I was determined to make an image, of something. I was actually quite pleased with the finished result, but I didn’t have a long lens, it was raining and I didn’t want walk across the beach and bring sand back into the car (no gumboots) so the image needed quite a lot of post processing to get it to this stage. There was a sign somewhere on the Hokitika beach made of drift wood which is made of driftwood and spelt out the letters of HOKITIKA. Recently there was a big storm and the sign wasn’t there. The track out to the beach was closed, with a warning sign that it was an area of erosion, so we didn’t go far. We watched some hardy folk white baiting in the river in the rain, and talked to one who had caught a cupful, but he was sure it wasn’t “enough for a feed”. In years gone by coasters used to fertilise their gardens with whitebait, not today though. This dancer was performing on the tide line of the beach. I wondered who made her, and also the boat (maybe a boat) to her right. She made the drive worthwhile for me.
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.