Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

November 1, 2014

One Tree Hill

Filed under: Volcanoes — paul @ 7:20 am
One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill

The City Daily Photo theme for November is “Landmarks”. Click here for landmarks throughout the world.

The Auckland Volcanic Field comprises over 50 volcanoes, with the earliest eruption (Onepoto) about 250,000 years ago, and the most recent one (Rangitoto) about 600 years ago. Most appear as hills, but some of them are under water as lagoon or lake – and some buried beneath volcanic ash. The eruption of One Tree Hill, shown here, is not dated precisely, but thought to go back at least 28,000 years. With its obelisk, One Tree Hill is a well loved landmark, visible from many places, also a great lookout when you are on top. You can read about the “one” tree (which is not there any more) in wikipedia, and a picture is here.

Looking down into one of its craters

Looking down into one of its craters

October 31, 2014

London Plane Tree

Filed under: Art,Trees — paul @ 7:01 am
London Plane Tree - Leaf

London Plane Tree – Leaf

Down but not out! Earlier this month, the delicate green of young leaves appeared on the London Plane Trees, but now the leaves are fully grown. Recent wind and rain combined with the steps of pedestrians to form this piece of random art on the footpath.

October 30, 2014

Avondale Mural

Filed under: Art,Avondale,Walls — paul @ 7:01 am
Avondale Mural (Detail)

Avondale Mural (Detail)

A lasting souvenir from the recent Whau Arts Festival at Avondale is this mural on the wall of Kings Foodmart, adjacent to the vacant lot which was the hub of the festival.

Avondale Mural

Avondale Mural

Signatures

Signatures

October 29, 2014

Rewarewa Bridge

Filed under: Art,Bridges,New Lynn — paul @ 7:20 am
Rewarewa Bridge, New Lynn

Rewarewa Bridge, New Lynn

A pedestrian bridge crossing the Rewarewa Creek and connecting Caspian Close and Hugh Brown Drive. Design by renowned Auckland sculptor Virginia King, it is one of the former Waitakere City Council’s “Art Bridges”.

Some of Virginia Kings work appeared on this blog.

October 28, 2014

Gangway

Filed under: City,Ships,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 7:08 am
Gangway

Gangway

The New Zealand coastal tanker Kakariki alongside Wynyard Wharf, Auckland.

October 27, 2014

A Wedding Party at Muriwai Beach

Filed under: Muriwai,People — paul @ 7:03 am
The Lineup

The Lineup

An exercise in (photographic) gatecrashing. A few weeks ago I took part in a geological excursion (to study the pillow lavas of Maori Bay, Muriwai Beach). Around the time when we had finished (just after low tide), this wedding party appeared for a photo shoot. A great place for it, and beautifully presented people. Wishing them all happiness.

(If it was your wedding: I’ll be happy to send the shots on to you.)

Awesome Scenery

Awesome Scenery

All Together Now!

All Together Now!

Pillow Lava

Pillow Lava

October 26, 2014

EDFAB

Filed under: Avondale,Buildings — paul @ 7:04 am
Precision Cut

Precision Cut

At last weekend’s Whau Arts Festival, a box was constructed which began to fascinate me when I returned to the place last week. I could find a bit about this project on the web (here and here), and Yusef Patel (a PhD student from Auckland University involved in the project, pictured below left) kindly provided the following note:

The build undertaken by the EDFAB group at the University of Auckland, aims to create a construction system for anyone interested in building their own home without any formal building experience. It works much like a puzzle and only relies on friction joints for the assembly (however screws are used, so safety is not put into jeopardy). The advantages of this construction system is that it is highly adaptive and can conform to individual needs of a consumer due to the digital technologies employed in the manufacture process. This prototype is still in the development stages and still requires large amounts of testing. There are plans to clad, roof and fit out the interior of the shelter. This will take place in the coming weeks and months. However this is subject to financial and material sponsors.

People involved in the project: Dermott McMeel, Manfredo Manfredini, Paola Leardini, John Chapman, Gary Raftery, Yusef Patel.

EDFAB Prototype

EDFAB Prototype

EDFAB Prototype

EDFAB Prototype

October 25, 2014

Cones

Filed under: Art,Avondale,Black and White — paul @ 7:13 am
Traffic Cones

Traffic Cones

I have included pictures of traffic cones at various times. The most creative use was seen last weekend at the Whau Arts Festival in Avondale. This is the view from underneath the dome, and a general view for orientation below.

Antigravity”, an installation by the University of Auckland’s architecture students that examines how places can be temporarily activated to create instant urbanity that serves as a catalyst for communities and change.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

Traffic Cones

Traffic Cones

October 24, 2014

Woodpigeon (Kereru)

Filed under: Birds,Titirangi — paul @ 7:01 am
Kereru - New Zealand Woodpigeon

Kereru – New Zealand Woodpigeon

A shot from yesterday: this woodpigeon was resting in a wineberry tree, probably after having overeaten on the berries of a nikau palm close by. Very tolerant of my approach – only the sun was missing, would have given a better sheen on the feathers.

Kereru - New Zealand Woodpigeon

Kereru – New Zealand Woodpigeon

October 23, 2014

Antigone is Cool!

Filed under: Avondale,People — paul @ 7:09 am
Isaac Barber and E J Emele

Isaac Barber and E J Emele

I had just taken a few pictures of the now completed mural at Kings Foodmart/The Plantation in Avondale, when I noticed a couple of guys making use of the plywood construction that had been erected there for last weekend’s Avondale Arts Festival. As it turned out, Isaac Barber and E J Emele were rehearsing the ancient Greek tragedy of Antigone. Nice talking to you guys, thanks for the shots – and all the best with your production!

In Rehearsal at The Plantation

In Rehearsal at The Plantation

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