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

April 2, 2015

Swan Plant

Filed under: Flowers,Trees — paul @ 8:42 am
Swan Plant

Swan Plant

Swan plants (Gomphocarpus physocarpus, milkweed) are the host plant of monarch butterflies. The name comes from the fluffy seeds (together with the ballooning seedpods and their curved stem). I found this one on Hillsborough Cemetery yesterday, fine but windy. Butterflies circling around the bushes, eggs and various sizes of caterpillars on the plants.

Wikipedia has the cryptic comment: “This plant is also popular in traditional medicine to cure various ailments.”

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April 1, 2015

Self Portrait with Coathanger

Filed under: Smile,Theme Day — Tags: — paul @ 7:03 am
Me and a Coathanger

Me and a Coathanger

I wanted to scratch my head — but I could not find it …

The City Daily Photo theme for April is “My Camera-shy Self Portrait“. Above is my most recent one, at ECC Lighting and Furniture during the Urbis Design Day on March 21.

Quite a few more are found in my growing collection of selfies. Two fine examples (April 12, 2012, and December 22, 2012) below.

Click here to see the work of many more closet narcissists.

Hello World!

Hello World!

Self Portrait with MCA Sydney and Anish Kapoor's Sky Mirror

Self Portrait with MCA Sydney and Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror

March 31, 2015

Chinese Girl

Filed under: Morningside,Walls — paul @ 7:19 am
Chinese Girl (Owen Dippie and Hipara August after Tretchikoff)

Chinese Girl (Owen Dippie and Hipara August after Tretchikoff)

Another big mural gracing the western rail corridor – this one at Morningside. The subject is a portrait of a Chinese girl by the colourful painter Vladimir Tretchikoff, embedded in woodcarving patterns. Painted by Owen Dippie and Hipara August.

We have shown Owen‘s Henderson mural of Bruce McLaren earlier.

Find more murals at Oakland Daily Photo’s Monday Murals.

March 30, 2015

Mhara Marimba

Filed under: Festivals,Mount Roskill,Music — paul @ 9:59 am
Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba are an Auckland group playing and dancing African Rhythms. Energy and joy, here at the International Cultural Festival in Mount Roskill. Sample them online!

Another day — another festival. So it seems. Apart from the Titirangi Festival and Titirangi Market, there was a big International Cultural Festival at Mount Roskill War Memorial Park.

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Appreciative Audience

Appreciative Audience

March 29, 2015

Young Talent

Filed under: Avondale,Festivals,Music,Titirangi — paul @ 7:46 am
Avondale College Musicians

Avondale College Musicians

Avondale College musicians at yesterday’s Titirangi Festival Village Day on the “Local Soundz Stage”.

Avondale College Musicians

Avondale College Musicians

Avondale College Musicians

Avondale College Musicians

March 28, 2015

Drains

Filed under: Huia,Patterns — paul @ 7:00 am
At the Lower Huia Dam

At the Lower Huia Dam

These drains are part of the Lower Huia Dam, one of two earth dams in the Waitakere Ranges (providing water for the city of Auckland). The construction of this dam was completed in 1971. Of the five reservoirs in the Waitakeres, this one has the largest capacity.

(The other earth dam is the Lower Nihotupu dam, and the remaining three dams in the Waitakeres are concrete dams.)

March 27, 2015

Street Furniture

Filed under: Mount Eden — paul @ 7:03 am
Street Furniture

Street Furniture

A symphony (cacophony?) of colour in cast iron lacework – part of the Dominion Road upgrade. Several places, this at the corner with Halston Road.

March 26, 2015

The Drainhole

Filed under: Patterns,Reflections — paul @ 7:13 am
The Drainhole

The Drainhole

Harsh morning sun and overnight precipitation.

March 25, 2015

More Footwear

Filed under: Design,Fashion — paul @ 7:14 am
Revie Footwear

Revie Footwear

From the display of Revie Footwear at the Urbis design Day.

Based in Auckland New Zealand, REVIE creates footwear collections which focus on quality material and construction.

Handmade by a family of talented leather artisans, the REVIE label takes design cues from the requirements of the urban dweller in the ever-growing metropolises of New Zealand.

March 24, 2015

Brogues

Filed under: Design — paul @ 7:09 am
Brogues by Tom Dixon

Brogues by Tom Dixon

Seen at ECC Lighting and Furniture, Nugent Street, on the Urbis Design Day: “The classic English Gentlemanā€˜s brogue door stop, cast in solid aluminium with a copper plated finish. This cast piece can be used as a modern door stop or a design decoration”. You may doubt its usefulness, but certainly not its elegance!
Also available powder coated black.

By Tom Dixon.

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