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

September 17, 2014

Library Lane #2

Filed under: Art,Glen Eden — paul @ 7:13 am
Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

We showed the graphic art in the narrow Library Lane, Glen Eden, in an earlier post. The opposite walls are decorated with sculptures indicating cabbage trees, ferns and nikau palms, all common throughout the Waitakere Ranges. (Artist unknown)

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

September 16, 2014

Kotuku

Filed under: Birds,Not West — paul @ 7:15 am
Kotuku (White Heron)

Kotuku (White Heron)

White Heron (Kotuku, Egretta alba modesta), seen yesterday at Wattle Farm Reserve, Wattle Downs, Auckland. This was the first time I have seen one of these not very common birds at Wattle Downs, although I had heard of sightings there in the past.

Kotuku (White Heron)

Kotuku (White Heron)

Kotuku (White Heron)

Kotuku (White Heron)

September 15, 2014

Driving Wheels

Filed under: History,machines,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 7:15 am
Enduring Rust

Enduring Rust

At the top end of Wynyard Wharf one finds a giant axle connecting two giant cogwheels – eight tons apiece – relics from a steam dredge “Whakarire” where they transmitted the power to the bucket chain. The vessel was built in Scotland in 1903 for service in Wellington Harbour until 1934, and thereafter in Napier until 1974, at which time she was scrapped (in Auckland).

A plaque on the pavement commemorates her history. A picture of the vessel is here. And a rather poetic description of the dredge and its working can be found in Wellington’s Evening Post (1907). Two samples give a taste: “like a true Briton, she does not let the fondness for growling interfere with her usefulness“; and “Forbidding to the eye, at a distance, she is lovely at close quarters, and the music of her engines, compound by name, but simple in work, is something to thrill the blood”.

Driving Wheels

Driving Wheels

Plaque

Plaque

September 14, 2014

Todd Triangle

Filed under: Art,New Lynn,sculpture — paul @ 7:33 am
Todd Triangle, New Lynn

Todd Triangle, New Lynn

Afternoon sun casts long shadows over the Todd Triangle in New Lynn, highlighting Peter Lange‘s brick sculptures. Also visible: the Merchant Quarter apartment block and some traffic lights. New Lynn has the dubious distinction of having the highest density of traffic lights in the universe: 20 sets of traffic lights over a rather small area, with one more to come in the foreseeable future.

September 13, 2014

Three Whau Pods

Filed under: Black and White,Flowers,Reflections,Trees — paul @ 7:31 am
Whau Pods

Whau Pods

A threesome of immature whau pods (Entelea arborescens).

For mature versions see here or here.

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

September 12, 2014

Fishing

Filed under: Birds,Cornwallis,Reflections — paul @ 7:57 am
Gotcha!

Gotcha!

Kingfisher snatching a crab. Cornwallis.

For more reflection shots please visit James’ “Weekend Reflections“.

September 11, 2014

Pomaderris Kumeraho

Filed under: Flowers,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 7:05 am
Pomaderris Kumeraho

Pomaderris Kumeraho

KÅ«marahou (Pomaderris kumeraho) is one of the harbingers of spring along the roadsides of the Waitakeres. Starting out as the palest yellow blush when in bud, the colour intensifies as the flowers open.

The plants are shrubs or small trees. They are also known as “gum diggers soap”, because, apparently, the flowers will lather up when rubbed with water. Leaves of the plant have uses in Maori medicine.

Unlike many of the blossom I like and photograph, this one is not a weed.

Pomaderris Kumeraho

Pomaderris Kumeraho

September 10, 2014

Not Much Happening …

Filed under: Waterview — paul @ 6:56 am
Sentry Box, Waterview

Sentry Box, Waterview

… at least not above ground. This sentry box overlooks the slope going down from Great North Road to Oakley Creek (Waterview). The entire area is studded with sensors, watching out for any subsidence; theodolites and guards keeping watch. Below ground is where the action is: Alice, the TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) is approaching its northern destination (well, it could still be a couple of months before “she” emerges above ground). Any movement detected by the sensors would not be good news. (Behind the sentry box you can spot red flowers of coral trees.)

See the Herald for more. Or Alice’s Facebook page.

Sensor

Sensor

September 9, 2014

Self Portrait at Cornwallis Wharf

Filed under: Cornwallis,Shadows — Tags: — paul @ 7:03 am
Cornwallis Wharf

Cornwallis Wharf

A sunny but chilly afternoon outing to this popular beach spot on the Manukau.

See my growing collection of selfies.

September 8, 2014

Red and Blue

Filed under: Herne Bay,Trees — paul @ 7:23 am
Idesia Polycarpa

Idesia Polycarpa

I found this prolific crop of red berries in West End Road, Herne Bay. Idesia polycarpa, the Chinese Wonder Tree, is used in various suburban roadside plantings.

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