This is the South Coast of Wellington. On a clear day, you can look across the water (the Cook Strait) and see the snow-capped mountains of the South Island.
The seals love to come here to winter. They haul out between May and October, before dispersing to other parts of the ocean during the Southern Hemisphere summer.
This is a New Zealand fur seal. According to information provided by the Department of Conservation, they eat mainly squid and small mid-water fish but also take larger species such as conger eel, barracuda, jack mackerel and hoki.
As you can see, there are quite a few of them, enjoying the warmth of the early Spring sunshine.
My grandmother’s favourite colours were clear deep aquamarine blue, brown and cream. I often wondered why. Until one day, it struck me that the colours that she loved so much were reflective of her surroundings.
Nature. The ultimate muse for all things colour. Now to plan a fair isle piece in the colours of the seascape…