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

July 2, 2015

Little Shag

Filed under: Birds — paul @ 7:07 am
Little Shag

Little Shag

This little shag (kawaupaka, Microcarbo melanoleucos) eyes me with suspicion as it hangs out its wings to dry.

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July 1, 2015

Upside Down

Filed under: Theme Day — paul @ 7:04 am
Upside Down

Upside Down

The City Daily Photo theme for July is “upside down”. Much scratching of head and some panic ensued on trying to capture that in a picture. After futile attempts to shoot a selfie while performing a headstand, I relaxed on the couch where the solution stared me in the eye: this issue of the New Zealand Herald’s weekend magazine ‘canvas’ had a multipage advertising section that was set off from the rest by going back to front and upside down.

More ways of expressing the concept can be found here.

Upside Down

Upside Down

June 30, 2015

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki …

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 8:21 am
Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki

… Henderson. A big mural has gone up recently along Alderman Drive, Henderson, at the corner with Great North Road: Welcome, welcome to Henderson!

It is signed “Kakano Youth Art” and “Unitec BCE 2015″. On the link we are promised four high profile walls – will have to keep my eyes open for more fine work to appear!

This project is engaging with and working alongside West Auckland youth, established artists, the Pacific Arts Centre and other stakeholders to deliver creative, highly visible public artwork.”

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Detail

Detail

June 29, 2015

A Bowl of Soup for Nepal

Filed under: Markets,People,Titirangi — paul @ 7:31 am
A Bowl of Soup for Nepal

A Bowl of Soup for Nepal

That was the theme of yesterday’s fundraiser by the Titirangi Potters Club at the monthly Titirangi Market. Not only was there a range of delicious soups – but you got to keep the bowl. Over the past weeks, the club had been busy making bowls (and plates, so that people like myself could take home a load of home baked biscuits), with all proceeds going to the Himalayan Trust‘s Rebuild Appeal. Great initiative!

In the picture from right: Gladys, Mariko, Ute and Richard (members of the Titirangi Potters Club) with customers.

June 28, 2015

Odd One Out

Filed under: Birds — paul @ 8:11 am
Odd One Out

Odd One Out

A gull among the pigeons.

June 27, 2015

Past their prime

Filed under: Black and White — paul @ 7:05 am
Flower Stalks

Flower Stalks

I think they are what is left of the flowering stalks of an echium plant – inconspicuous most times, but the low morning sun lifted them up out of the dark background. Forest Hill Road, Waiatarua.

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

June 26, 2015

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Filed under: Art,New Lynn,sculpture — paul @ 7:05 am
Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

This work by Gregor Kregar consists of four cloud-like forms arranged between Totara Health and the McCrae Way carpark in New Lynn’s Merchant Quarter. It illuminates a narrow alleyway leading from the library to the New Lynn Train Station. A lot of discussion was had when the sculpture first appeared, centering on the phallic aspects of the piece and on the budget.

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

June 25, 2015

Red on Green

Filed under: Avondale,Colours,Shadows — paul @ 7:29 am
Red Mower, Long Shadows

Red Mower, Long Shadows

After what was the coldest night so far (frost in some sheltered places) a mower takes to the green fields (and the shadows of the trees) at Avondale’s Eastdale Reserve.

Frosted

Frosted

June 24, 2015

Two Pou by the Opanuku Stream

Filed under: Art,Henderson,pou — paul @ 7:36 am
Rongo-Ma-Tane (Whare Thompson)

Rongo-Ma-Tane (Whare Thompson)

Carved by master carver Whare Thompson in collaboration with Maori studies students from Henderson High School. Rongo-Ma-Tane, the Maori God of cultivated food, carved from Hinuera stone, and Haumie Tike Tike, the Maori God of uncultivated food, carved from totara. These two pou (posts) are part of “Te Maara Oranga” a garden just south of Henderson Park along the Opanuku cycleway. There are plaques identifying various native plants and their uses in traditional medicine.

Source: Te Maara Oranga.

Haumie Tike Tike (Whare Thompson)

Haumie Tike Tike (Whare Thompson)

June 23, 2015

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Filed under: Art,Birds,City,Walls — paul @ 7:08 am
Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

A mural in Poynton Terrace by Charles and Janine Williams, created in the 2014 All Fresco Festival (K-road Business Association). This bird is native to New Zealand, and major conservation efforts have taken place to bring its conservation status from ‘rare and endangered’ to ‘at risk – recovering’.

You can hear the song of North Island and South Island saddlebacks here (search for “hear the song”).

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

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