Usually on a Friday afternoon I am in my office at home catching up on reports and business reading. Today I said to hell with it its the long weekend its sunny and I am ready for a walk.
So I went up the Mount and as usual I had the camera. The air was full of dust and salt fog from the wind. (30 knots at times) and using a fairly modest telephoto lens and photo shop this is what I managed to resolve of the wreck site and activity to remove the oil from Rena. These ships are 24 kilometers away!
Having been on a plant based diet for almost a year now Rob and I find we are becoming aware of things like Asparagus being a seasonal vegetable. Even canned (which I prefer) ran out months ago. So seeing the new seasons lots arrive was well, almost exciting! (get a life Mike)
Good news. Early this morning Rob and I went up the Mount (Mauao) to take some shots from the same spot as last time. It was a very hazy morning with a North Westerly wind. The shot below shows (kind of) The Rena on the left and the bunker barge Awanuia (right)which is getting readied to pump the 1300 tons of bunker fuel that remains on the wrecked container ship.
Meanwhile shore side the beach right from the Mount beach to the end of Papamoa is looking surprisingly good. The clean up teams and volunteers have done a stunning job. The high tide is expected to bring more oil and I suspect the cleanliness of the beach is superficial and oil residues will be there for some time yet.
Broken containers litter one part of the beach and these are under guard but you can see clearly one of the containers was insulated and all the foam lining has broken up. This has been found all around the foreshore and inner harbour.
Clean Me written in the sand at the main beach
Looking East toward Papamoa. Very misty from salt spray.
Another blurry tele shot taken of the Rena from the end of Papamoa.
Taken from Mauao (Mt Maunganui) top photo shows distance from northern end of Motiti Island (Right) to the container ship the Rena (small dot on the left) which went aground on to the reef Astrolabe last week and now oil is leaking and locals are extremely concerned about the pollution potential. She is well grounded and salvage attempts are being organised now. In my opinion a very slow response.
This brings back memories for me when I was a young kid living in Tauranga when in 1959 a Norwegian freighter the Golden Master hit the reef Okaparu (not far from Astrolabe) and ripped a hole in the hull but was able to keep steaming toward Tauranga and the Captain drove it aground on the Matakana bar where it stayed for a couple of weeks till it could be repaired. I remember it sitting there like it was yesterday.
Click on this link (scroll to pages 14 and 15) takes you to a blog that has a picture and brief story.
Image quality is poor as this was highly enlarged from 300mm telephoto shot I took at the same time as the picture above