“He Is Taking Your Photograph”

It was fortunate that we chose this reasonably bright morning to transport the last garden parasol to its winter quarters in the orange shed, and to carry the wooden patio chairs to the comparative safety of the narrow area beside one side of the house, for no sooner had we finished than the clouds darkened necessitating lights being turned on in the sitting room, and once again we were treated to rivulets flowing down our windows.

After lunch we braved the rain and drove to Milford on Sea, by which time it had desisted somewhat in order for us to watch

flocks of gulls and crows sharing drinks in the plentiful puddles on the car park littered with pebbles dashed onto it from the adjacent stretch of shingle

by the turbulent sea’s tossed up spray-bearing waves.

In the distance on the promenade along which two young boys cycled could be seen a little dog in a red coat.

By the time he and his owner reached our vantage point I was ready for them, and encouraged by the windswept woman who advised her pet that a suitable pose would be in order.

Further into the forest we noticed the brightness the rain had lent to the now sun kissed sage lichen

and red-brown bracken

in the Wootton woodland.

A pair of cormorants conversed on their customary perches in Hatchet Pond.

We arrived home just in time for the next deluge.

This evening we dined on tempura and hot and spicy prawn preparations with Jackie’s colourful savoury rice topped with a thick omelette. We both drank Wairau Cove Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021.


  1. I love the photos of the sea smashing into the breakwater, Derrick! I would love to walk Milford on Sea. Have a great new week, guys. โ˜บ๏ธ

  2. Gorgeous photos! You’ve found the beauty again! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love seeing the birds sharing space…and seeing the cormorants conversing! It’s fun to imagine what they are saying! ๐Ÿ˜€
    You know the photo of the little dog and his happy-jumpin’-pose is my fave! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS…โ€œFor after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining, is to let it rain.โ€ – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  3. A wonderful gallery, Derrick. The action shots of the gulls and crows are exciting, the posing pooch brings a smile, and the conversation of the cormorants must, sadly , remain a secret between them. Oh, and I can hear the waves crashing into the breakwater!

  4. You always find ways to brighten up a gray day, like seabirds, bracken and lichen, and a happy dog. I don’t see a leash, so it must be a well-trained dog, too.

  5. The crows and gulls make a nice black and white contrast. Great waves and spray and the perfect little dog smartly dressed in bright red.

  6. Good on you both for getting out and about in such weather – resulting in interesting scenes for us to share ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. After the scorch of summer, the cooling down time of autumn is a nice change. I’d love to live closer to the sea for those seaside walks! As it is, where I live is the most landlocked state in the USA, where not only are the surrounding states landlocked, but the states also surrounding them are, too! Only when you go to the states surround the states, does salt water begin to pop up. You are so fortunate to live so close to the ocean! I was 21 before I even saw the Atlantic, and 26 before I saw the Pacific. I was staggered by the Pacific, looking out and realizing this body of water stretched for thousands of miles before any significant body of land popped up! Whew!

  8. You’ve captured such a happy expression on the little dog’s face. In contrast to the woman battling the wind. Clearly the little dog doesn’t mind the weather, thanks no doubt to its cheerful warm coat!

  9. A delightful story which you illustrated beautifully Derrick. Love the colourful photo of the little dog, so bright. And love the waves looking so refreshing.

  10. Hmmm was that an Australian wine? We really appreciate your landscapes of warmer times because our snow-covered terrain is pretty one dimensional. No lichen on tree trunks! Your photos are beautiful, Derrick. I was especially drawn to the red-coated pup!!

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