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

July 25, 2014

Before the Shower

Filed under: Muriwai — paul @ 7:01 am
Looking South

Looking South

Yesterday morning we left home in bright sunshine, but by the time we had reached Muriwai, threatening clouds had come up. A last few hopeful rays of the sun, and then the showers came down.

We are looking south from the observation platform of the gannet colony, Maori Bay in the foreground.

There were about a dozen gannets at the colony, a long way off the 1200 breeding pairs we will see here in 1-2 months time.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

July 24, 2014

160,000 Bees

Filed under: Art,Freemans Bay — paul @ 7:08 am
Honey Bees, Victoria Park (pars pro toto)

Honey Bees, Victoria Park (pars pro toto)

No, I did not count them, not even the ones in the top picture… I am relying on the number given in the writeup about The Park. The Park is one of the works featuring under the POP banner: created by Alt Group as part of an artists’ collective to generate creativity, fun, and new experiences in Auckland.

The concept of this display is due to artists Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Taarati Taiaroa, executed through Beezthingz, with the blessing of Auckland Council.

A hexagon has been roped off and six bench hives placed in the centre of the grassed area along Beaumont Street, next to the skate park and opposite of the BikeLab. The bees are going about their business (since May, and still busy even on the cold but sunny day last week when I visited). People pass by, look at the work, read the information signs, and think beautiful thoughts about bees (how we would be starving without them, how they are endangered, how we can help by planting bee-friendly plants – Pollen Hotels- and creating corridors).

And in the unlikely event that you get stung, epipens are available at the BikeLab and around the corner at the ecostore, 1 Scotland Street.

Bench Hives, Victoria Park

Bench Hives, Victoria Park

Hives and Onlookers

Hives and Onlookers

July 23, 2014

God Defend …

Filed under: Art,History,Point Chevalier,Walls — paul @ 6:58 am
God Defend New Zealand

God Defend New Zealand

This mural graces a house on Point Chevalier Road. It was created for and used in a 2011 TV documentary by David Ferrier on the history of the New Zealand National Anthem (“God Defend New Zealand” – which replaced “God Save the Queen” in 1972). On the left is a portrait of John Joseph Woods, the composer of the tune, while Thomas Bracken, the author of the words, is on the right.

The mural was created by the Cut Collective.

The house is now a boutique for classy accoutrements, Two Daughters and Friends. Open 24/7 if you shop online, and a very select few hours if you wish to shop in person.

Ending with a quote from the documentary: “The product of an Irishman’s song writing competition during the 1800s, judged by three German guys living in Australia!” The documentary (in several instalments) can be found here (hoping that it’s available outside NZ).

And finally a youtube clip of our national anthem in sign language.

God Defend Two Daughters and Friends

God Defend Two Daughters and Friends

July 22, 2014

Abseiling

Filed under: Buildings,Colours,New Lynn,People — paul @ 7:07 am
Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

I am still fascinated by the bold yellow and black exterior of the Merchant Quarter building in New Lynn.

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

July 21, 2014

Location Signs: Avondale

Filed under: Avondale,Location Signs — paul @ 7:03 am
Location Signs: Avondale

Location Signs: Avondale

This sign is on Great North Road where it enters Avondale. Here with an additional invitation to participate in the discussion of the Draft Whau Local Board Plan.

July 20, 2014

Irreverent

Filed under: City,Smile — paul @ 7:09 am
Poster, Nelson Street

Poster, Nelson Street

We are getting ready for a General Election (September 20). Here the news website stuff.co.nz presents its take on what awaits on a large hoarding in Nelson Street, Auckland.

July 19, 2014

Snakes and Ladders

Filed under: Black and White,Shadows,Titirangi — paul @ 7:12 am
Scaffolds, Lopdell Houise

Scaffolds, Lopdell Houise

Only a few months ago, the scaffolds had come off the refurbished Lopdell House. Now they came back – looks like there was a roofing job on the tower that had to be completed.

That’s the story of the ladders. And what about the snakes? There are none in NZ!

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

July 18, 2014

3:32 p.m.

Filed under: Art,Te Atatu — paul @ 7:01 am
Möbius Gate, Te Atatu

Möbius Gate, Te Atatu

I liked how the light played with the fence palings of John Lyall’s Möbius Gate, Te Atatu.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Möbius Gate, Te Atatu

Möbius Gate, Te Atatu

July 17, 2014

How Convenient! #6

Filed under: Convenience,Te Atatu — paul @ 7:06 am
At the Harbourview Beach Reserve, Te Atatu

At the Harbourview Beach Reserve, Te Atatu

Harbourview-Orangihina reserve runs along the eastern edge of the Te Atatu peninsula. Relaxed walking along wetlands. Native vegetation and birdlife. A special bird which makes its home here is the Fernbird, Matata, shy and seldom seen (I have not seen one here, presumably for lack of patience). This convenience at the Harbour View Road end, makes reference to the natural environment of the area.

July 16, 2014

Painted Boxes: Unzipped (C.Bolton)

Filed under: Art,Painted Boxes,Te Atatu — paul @ 7:04 am
Painted Boxes: Unzipped (C.Bolton)

Painted Boxes: Unzipped (C.Bolton)

A transformer box painted by C. Bolton in McLeod Road, Te Atatu. A Dutch cottage with picket fence and tulips unzips to reveal a hint of van Gogh. An escape route at the back.

Note: Expressions of interest are being called by the Utility Box Project:

Call to artists for expressions of interest – West Auckland Utility Box Project
We are looking for artists to transform the utility boxes through the West Auckland area. These boxes provide an opportunity to enhance local environments, contribute to communities and reflect people and stories relevant to the region. We are looking for high quality outcomes that are sympathetic to both site and audience. Submissions must be received by midday on Monday, July 24 via e-mail. For more information, and to lodge your expressions of interest, please e-mail project coordinator Ross Liew on trustme@cutcollective.co.nz or mobile: 021 233 6416

Painted Boxes: Unzipped (C.Bolton)

Painted Boxes: Unzipped (C.Bolton)

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