Between the Piles
Walking in bays where there are boats at anchor is a favourite pastime. I like to watch what is going on. Sooner or later, even on boats that seem to be unattended, signs of life appear as crew members come from below decks where they have been working or resting and take in the surroundings. Here a seagull takes advantage of the top of an unattended pole to rest and preen itself. Occasionally a new boat enters the bay looking for anchorage, or another already at anchor readies itself for a new passage.
This image was taken while on a coastal walk between the ferry wharf at Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island and the main town of Oneroa. Just out of frame on the left there was a yacht standing on cradle and tied to the piles while maintenance was being performed.