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

October 22, 2014

The Jump

Filed under: Not West,Sport — paul @ 7:06 am
X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

From an outing to the Equidays, last Saturday. Sadly, I don’t remember the names of either rider or horse…

The Hyundai Derby, Mystery Creek Events Centre.

October 21, 2014

Red

Filed under: Colours,Flowers,Titirangi — paul @ 7:05 am
Red Flowers

Red Flowers

The “Soldiers’ Memorial Walkway” is a short path leading from opposite of Lopdell House to an elevated platform where at some time the Soldiers’ Memorial stood. Nowadays there is just a peaceful spot with a bench, and when I visited there was an abundance of these red flowers (no idea what they are called – any offers?).

(The Soldiers’ Memorial is now situated by the Titirangi War Memorial Hall.)

Bench

Bench

October 20, 2014

Woman with Child (Paul Woodruffe)

Filed under: Art,Avondale,sculpture — paul @ 7:03 am
Woman with Child (Paul Woodruffe)

Woman with Child (Paul Woodruffe)

This laser cut silhouette by local artist Paul Woodruffe stands at the corner of Great North Road and Rosebank Road in Avondale. For the weekend’s Avondale Arts Festival the woman received some adornments in her hat.

There was a second piece, entitled “The 1950’s Man”, who stood next to the Avondale spider overlooking the racecourse – but that has disappeared some time ago.

According to a page by the Avondale Community Action, the man was looking to the past, while the woman and child look to the future. The base of our figure reads: “Making Avondale the best we can be”.

Woman with Child (Paul Woodruffe)

Woman with Child (Paul Woodruffe)

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October 19, 2014

Kingfisher Portrait

Filed under: Birds,Cornwallis — paul @ 7:16 am
Kingfisher Portrait

Kingfisher Portrait

An unusually cooperative kingfisher allowed me to take a close shot. Cornwallis wharf.

October 18, 2014

Winding

Filed under: Black and White,City,Shadows — paul @ 7:02 am
Spiral Stairs

Spiral Stairs

Spiral stairs and their shadows winding up between levels at the City Works Depot.

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

October 17, 2014

Whau Arts Festival

Filed under: Art,Avondale,Festivals — paul @ 9:20 am
Whau Arts Festival

Whau Arts Festival

Energy, confidence and hope were the dominant sentiments at the opening of the Whau Arts Festival (October 16-19 at Avondale) last night. A community had rallied together under the banner of the arts to inspire and to turn a new leaf for a suburb, seemingly without a heart, yet full of people with imagination and aspirations. For months they have been busy planning, drumming up support, discussing ideas, creating, and finally it all came together. The old vacant site, where once a supermarket provided some focal point of the community, now again bustling with life after ten years of neglect – and the hope that a community centre could emerge in this place.

An enthusiastic crowd, speeches, performers – sadly I had to leave early, I missed the best photo opportunity: the blacksmith!

Visit their website and their Facebook page.

(More pictures on my Facebook Page.)

Decorations

Decorations

Avondale Primary School Joins the Festive Mood

Avondale Primary School Joins the Festive Mood

Creative Use of Traffic Cones

Creative Use of Traffic Cones

Creative Use of Traffic Cones

Creative Use of Traffic Cones

Pacific Drums and Dancers

Pacific Drums and Dancers

Members of the Official Party

Members of the Official Party

October 16, 2014

Blue

Filed under: Buildings,Colours,Glen Eden — paul @ 7:05 am
Construction Site

Construction Site

Construction site, Glen Eden. About 4 years ago, I took a picture of a “blue house” at the bottom end of this site; the need for redevelopment was obvious.

October 15, 2014

Big Mural (John Pule)

Filed under: Art,Grey Lynn,Walls — paul @ 7:09 am
Moana

Moana

This is a mural gracing the Williamson Road side of the Alway’s Buildings (Grey Lynn Family Medical Centre). The design is by John Pule, a Niue-born artist and writer, the painting was done by a number of students from Manukau Institute of Technology about 10 years ago.

Big Mural (John Pule)

Big Mural (John Pule)

Big Mural (John Pule)

Big Mural (John Pule)

Big Mural (John Pule)

Big Mural (John Pule)

October 14, 2014

Long Shadows

Filed under: City,Colours,Shadows — paul @ 9:13 am
Long Shadows at the Viaduct

Long Shadows at the Viaduct

Measure the length of the shadows as the pedestrians cross the colourful stripes of the walk between the bascule bridge and Quay Street.

October 13, 2014

Twisted

Filed under: Glen Eden,Trees — paul @ 7:11 am
Gum Trees

Gum Trees

A row of twisted gum trees at the Waikumete cemetery. Established in 1886, it is one of the largest cemeteries in the southern hemisphere (108 hectares), and home to a large number of mature trees.

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