Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: January 2010 (Page 2 of 4)

Manuka Blossom

Manuka Blossom

Manuka Blossom

The picture shows some similarity with the kanuka flowers, but the flowers of manuka (leptospermum scoparium) are larger (about 15mm diameter), the leaves of manuka are prickly and larger than those of kanuka. The plant is usually a shrub of up to 5 metres.…

Kanuka Blossom

Kanuka Blossom

Kanuka Blossom

The white patches in the bush are getting paler, as the flowering season of the ti trees comes to an end. Kanuka and Manuka are both generically known as “ti tree” (or tea tree – the fine leaves can be used to brew an infusion), and both used to be classified as leptospermum.…

Kereru

Kereru

Kereru

This kereru (NZ Wood Pigeon, Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) posed patiently for me on the mamaku (black tree fern), while its mate gorged itself on the fruits of an adjacent wineberry tree.…

Location Signs: Parau

Welcome to Parau

Welcome to Parau

Another item in the growing collection of location signs from Auckland’s West, this one welcoming us to the community of Parau (map). The sign seems to describe the place as it might appear to the passing motorist en route to Huia or Whatipu: a road between tidal estuaries and bush – but reminds us that there are people living there, slow down.…

Avondale Lions Club

Avondale Lions Club

Avondale Lions Club

It looks like a church – and it was originally a church (Church of Christ), built 1910. When it was no longer used as a church (from the 1950’s), it fell into disrepair and in 1973 the Ministry of Works appointed the Avondale Lions Club as custodians of the building.…

Duxton Hotel

Duxton Hotel

Duxton Hotel from Myers Park

Duxton Hotel is at 100 Greys Avenue, but here we see it from the back, from Myers Park – an oasis of peace and recreation amidst the hectic life of Karangahape Road and Queen Street (map).…

Big Mural (Doug Ford)

Big Mural (Doug Ford)

Big Mural (Doug Ford)

This cityscape on a city wall in Grey Lynn is by Doug Ford whose artwork can be found throughout Auckland and far beyond. It is on Grosvenor Street at the corner with Great North Road (map).…

Playhouse Theatre Glen Eden

Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden

Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden


The Playhouse Theatre (map) in Glen Eden opened in 1937 as Council Chambers. Since then it was used in numerous roles (library, movie theatre, dances, etc.). After a major refurbishment this historic Art Deco building reopened in 2003 as a theatre and concert venue with regular productions; it is also available for hire.…

Great Backside!

Impressive Paintwork

Impressive Paintwork


Here is a closer look at the paintwork on the boot of yesterday’s Lincoln Continental. Here is the number plate in full:
Obease

Obease

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