In my last post Connections I revealed that of the four Elements I’ve decided that I identify with Air and more specifically with Wind. From Te Ara Encyclopedia, “Invercargill has more gale days than any other city in New Zealand except Wellington. Other parts of Southland experience extreme wind too.”
This from an old 2007 article in the New Zealand Herald : “Wind gusts up to 140km/h battered parts of Southland and Otago on Tuesday, raising roofs, felling trees, tipping over trucks and cutting power to about 2500 homes.”
— Not unusual. As Nigel drily observed, “the sun also rose that day”.
All photos taken by Nigel
Trees are deformed, shaped, sculpted by the wind.
We lived for a year in Invercargill and five years on the south coast of The Catlins where the westerly wind channelled down our valley, roaring like a freight train for hours on end with no let-up.
The Nor’Wester sculpture in Queens Park, Invercargill by artist Frank Wells is a visual reminder of the winds ferocity.
Good info on this sign…
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I’ll be working on my response to Damien’s poem ‘Connections’ over the next day or two (or however long it takes).
It’ll be called Directions. You can expect it to be LOUD
Text by Liz, photos by Nigel. Exploring Colour (2019)