A different kind of traffic jam

Sheep on the road during muster, Glen Murray, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Moving sheep for shearing, near Waingaro, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The Big T and I escaped the city yesterday to explore the back roads to Raglan. It’s a beautiful, very rural part of the country, but even there we couldn’t escape a traffic jam.

Moving the sheep for shearing. Near Waingaro, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Waiting for the sheep to pass. Near Waingaro, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

It’s shearing time, and local farmers were moving stock to the shearing shed.

Sheep surrounding car, near Waingaro, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Shearing time, near Waingaro, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

We’d already struggled through an Auckland gridlock to leave the city, but the four-legged traffic was much easier to bear, and way more entertaining.

From this to this; in less than an hour

The open road; big skies and few cars. Travelling through the north Waikato. image: Su Leslie, 2016.

The Big T and I have been WY for the weekend. We drove home on a series of quiet back roads for as long as possible. But finally, we had to join the motorway and almost immediately hit traffic. Heigh ho; welcome to Auckland.

In front and behind; cars and more cars. Southern Motorway, south Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016.

Glimpses of the night city

Auckland Town Hall; opened in 1911 and one of the city's most distinctive (and loved) buildings. Photo: Su Leslie 2014. Shot on iPhone4.

Auckland Town Hall; opened in 1911 and one of the city’s most distinctive (and loved) buildings. Photo: Su Leslie 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

A couple of weeks ago I arranged to meet my son in town for dinner. I’ve written about the drama of travelling the one kilometre to our meeting point, and how stressful I found being in gridlocked traffic for around an hour. However, on the bright side, I did manage to snap a few photos along the way.

St Patrick's Cathedral, Auckland. Opened in 1908 this is the Cathedral of the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone 4.

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland. Opened in 1908 this is the Cathedral of the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone 4.

I spent about 20 minutes travelling along Wyndham Street and couldn’t help noticing how peaceful and welcoming the church appeared; lit in white and gold against an inky sky.

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St. Patrick’ Cathedral, Auckland. Warm and welcoming on a cold, wet night. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

Once the most prominent buildings on the landscape were religious or civic structures. Now we celebrate capitalism with ever-taller towers and apartment blocks. I do like the way the Sky Tower changes its colour scheme though. The purple felt very reassuring as my car crawled up Hobson Street.

Auckland's SkyTower. The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere according to Wikipedia. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

Auckland’s SkyTower. The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere according to Wikipedia. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

This week is Challenger’s Choice at Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge. I’m not sure quite how to categorise my contribution; it is architecture, shot at night, from the street . They could have been travel photos, but I wasn’t travelling too much, so maybe still life would be a better description?

Here are some other’ bloggers contributions that I liked:

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-travel/

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Objects

http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/travel-and-ansel-adams/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/phoneography-challenge-at-days-end/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-memorial-still-life/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-scent-ual/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/watching-you/

http://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/entryways-8-photos/

iPhoneography Monday: 5-26-14

http://firebonnet.com/2014/05/26/phoneography-flash-our-turbo-comes-home/

Here are some other bloggers contributions that

Wordless (or maybe speechless) Wednesday: a hour in my car to travel a kilometre

Ten phases of the traffic lights to move six car lengths. Traffic was gridlocked in this part of Auckland last night. Photo: Su Leslie 2014 Ten phases of the traffic lights to move six car lengths. Traffic was gridlocked in this part of Auckland last night. Photo: Su Leslie 2014

I got in my car at 5.50pm to meet the boy-child — 1.1 km away. I got to him at 7.05pm.

Sitting in stationary traffic, watching the lights phase and no-one move because the intersections were already full and all the surrounding roads were blocked, I actually started to have a panic attack.

To make it worse, I was only in my car because a) there isn’t a bus service to the city from my home during the day, and b) I can’t get parking at the bus station.

Note to transport planners: public transport only works if people have access to it.

And actually, the buses weren’t moving either.

Here are some other bloggers’ Wordless Wednesdays:

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http://livingoutloud4.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday-9/

http://susanfriedlandsmith.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday-school-open-house-selfie-before-the-madness-ensues-edition-aka-do-i-look-like-a-teacher-edition/

http://realisticcookingideas.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday-greek-chicken-salad/

http://thatmontrealgirl.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday-evening-edition-9/

http://heatherlcoxart.com/2014/05/14/worldless-wednesday-kolob-zion-canyon-natl-park-this-week-2/

http://sourcererblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday-4/

http://myothermoreexcitingself.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday-im-ready-for-gardening/

http://leftbraincraftbrain.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday-craft-fail/

http://carrieonblog.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday-date-night/

wordless wednesday

05-14-14 Wordless Wednesday

http://smithsnaps.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday/

Wordless Wednesday: 5-14-15

Wordless Wednesday | thepupdiary.com

Wordless Wednesday: Some things are made eternal

http://oneofthosememories.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday-137/

http://elleturner4.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/wordless-wednesday-26/