I’ve just started a new job which has sucked out all of my time, so I was running late trying to dream up a post for this week. Fortunately the answer was just outside the window, so to speak.  I’ve mentioned before that I live in Highbury, a suburb high on a hill in the west of the city that overlooks the city and Wellington Harbour. Autumn has arrived with a vengeance and the weather delivered straight from Antarctica that I’ve come to regard with… come to regard as being typical of New Zealand. But I’ve also been up early and taking lots of photographs lately of the spectacular dawn skies over Wellington. So without further ado; enjoy an early Skywatch Friday! Click the images to get bigger better versions.

Some days the sun only favours the eastern side of the harbour.

 Some days Wellington Harbour is bathed in gold.

 Some days the clouds are neither long nor white.

A little later that day

 Clouds both high and low

Looking a bit to the south for a change, to where the harbour entrance is hidden by low cloud.

First light

The evening light, for a change!

Of course, there are days like today as well!

Written by Duncan
Duncan Wright is a Wellington-based ornithologist working on the evolution of New Zealand's birds. He's previously poked albatrosses with sticks in Hawaii, provided target practice for gulls in California, chased monkeys up and down hills Uganda, wrestled sharks in the Bahamas and played God with grasshopper genetics in Namibia. He came into studying birds rather later in life, and could quit any time he wants to.