|A super morning at the Collegiate boat ramp. So calm!|
I set out at about ten. Launching from the wide rowers boat ramp was very easy, and then I paddled around towards a big concrete block in the water. I believe this was one of the anchor points of the floating bridge that crossed the river before the Tasman was built in 1964. I was a fair way out into the stream and the current was surprisingly gentle.
|Looking back through the modern bridge at the anchor point of the old bridge. Cold in the shade.|
It was so calm that I was able to actually get my tiny sketchbook out and draw this on the water.
|Mt Wellington and Government House through the bridge|
|From a lovely spot in the sun, on a bench above the boat ramp|
|Drawing done at the same spot, Cornelian Bay cemetery on the left, and smoke rising from the zincworks|
|A few drawings I did from memory, in which Mt Direction is a lot steeper than strictly accurate|
It was so nice out there. I turned around after I got down to TS Huon and came back under the bridge again, and decided to just keep going upriver while the going was easy. I was on a heading for Lindisfarne Bay on the other bank, and felt then like I could have made it over in reasonable time if I kept on.
But again I got to a point were I felt I was going nowhere, so I turned and pointed my nose at St Johns church steeple in New Town. Paddling quite hard that way and drifting with the current got me back to my start point.
I was glad I reached land when I did as something quite big went past and created a wake that might have spelled trouble if it had caught me unawares. I dried off a bit, sat in the sun on a bench and drew the cemetery hill, zincworks and Mt Direction.
I think I will work on more drawings of this scene and try to get the elements to gel together better. I am really happy with the cheap phone's camera though, and now I have deduced I can bluetooth the pics straight to my computer I might be doing this a lot from now on.