Thursday, February 5, 2009

Rush Hour in Central Otago

Some years ago, I was talking on the phone to a man in Auckland. He said his daily program meant he had to be up at 6am and on the road by 6.20am to avoid the traffic. When he got to his office, he had a shower, got breakfast, and was ready to start work at 8am. I took a photo from the same place as the above photo, though later in the day, and sent him a big print of it. It was named 'Rush Hour in Central Otago'. It hung on his office wall until he retired two years ago. In some ways it was more dramatic than the above, as it was taken when the sun was lower, and the oncoming car had it's lights on. Last Sunday, when I did this photo, there was a strong southerly wind, which tends to have the effect of filling the air with dust, so the Hawkden Range in the background is not showing as well as it usually would. And, the field to the right of this photo is now irrigated so is green instead of gold. Never mind, this is still rush hour, I think it was 6.15pm. And I still had to wait 5 minutes for a car to come.
Some Aucklanders, and others who live in big citys, would laugh, and call me a peasant or maybe other things, but in the depths of their souls they know that this is infinitely better than sitting in queues of traffic.

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