Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: June 2010 (page 1 of 3)

Painted Boxes: NZ Birds

Painted Boxes: NZ Birds (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: NZ Birds (Dan Mills)

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This transformer at the intersection of Triangle Road and Elder Place in Massey (map), was decorated by Dan Mills. It depicts a number of New Zealand native birds (Harrier, Pukeko and NZ Wood Pigeon above, and more as indicated on the captions below, walking counterclockwise around the box).

Tui and Kowhai Flowers

Tui and Kowhai Flowers

Kingfisher, Morepork, Harrier, Pukeko

Kingfisher, Morepork, Harrier, Pukeko

Whau Pod (Steve Woodward 2007)

Whau Pod (Steve Woodward 2007)

Whau Pod (Steve Woodward 2007)

Olympic Park in New Lynn (map) is home to a good number of works by Steve Woodward. This one is entitled Whau Pod, and if one thinks of these pods in terms of yesterday’s post (I certainly would), then one might well mutter about artistic licence and such like. However, the answer lies in looking at the pods after they have fully ripened, as in the picture below: one can clearly see the six chambers, filled with seeds of some pinkish coloration – the sculpture depicts their falling out of the pod.

One of the streams bordering Olympic Park is the Whau Stream.

Whau Pod with Seeds

Whau Pod with Seeds

Whau Pod

Whau Pods

Whau Pods

On Saturday we had thick fog until late morning, and I found these beautifully decorated whau pods at the Arataki Visitor Centre. The Whau (Entelea arborescens) is a shrub or small tree, endemic to New Zealand. It is a deciduous plant, laden with prickly seed pods in winter.

Curves

Lower Nihotupu Dam Spillway

Lower Nihotupu Dam Spillway

We had a lot of rain lately, and as a consequence the spillway of the Lower Nihotupu Dam has turned into a raging torrent.

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

A Gaggle of Geese

A Gaggle of Geese

A Gaggle of Geese

Wychwood Avenue, next to Lake Panorama.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

Self Portrait with Rainbow

Self Portrait with Rainbow

Self Portrait with Rainbow

Very changeable weather of late, rain, sun, and hence some rainbows. Looking Southwest from top of Waltham Street, Palm Heights. The Waitakere Ranges in the background.

A Skywatch Friday photo. More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day

Sedges in a wetlands next to the Project Twin Streams Walk and Cycleway, Sunnyvale.

Painted Boxes: Sea Creatures (Diane Ruth Rimmer)

Painted Boxes: Sea Creatures (Diane Ruth Rimmer)

Painted Boxes: Sea Creatures (Diane Ruth Rimmer)

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This is a newly painted box by Diane Ruth Rimmer, depicting sea creatures in a somewhat stylized, pacific way. When I spoke with Diane, she said that a passer-by had suggested the title “Jackson Pollock meets Pasifika”.

The box is outside 118 Seabrook Avenue, New Lynn.

Meanwhile, Diane is already busy on her next transformer, in Titirangi Road (the one she had done before, but which got involved in a traffic accident).

Painted Boxes: Sea Creatures

Painted Boxes: Sea Creatures

Painted Boxes: Sea Creatures

Painted Boxes: Sea Creatures

Painted Boxes: Sea Creatures (Diane Ruth Rimmer)

Painted Boxes: Sea Creatures (Diane Ruth Rimmer)

The Swans

The Swans

The Swans

Seen at Western Springs.

Glen Eden Mural: Ladder Fern

Glen Eden Mural: Ladder Fern

Glen Eden Mural: Ladder Fern

I have an older photo of this mural, faded and tagged. So I was very pleased when I saw that the decorative wall had been given a new lease of life. Well, about half of the mural, anyway, the other half is hidden behind the shrubs on the right which are now quite big.

The mural is at the West Coast Road end of a seemingly unnamed lane connecting West Coast Road with Glenmall in Glen Eden. I could not find a signature anywhere.

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