Auckland - West

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Month: July 2010 (page 2 of 4)

Painted Boxes: Kelp and Snapper

Painted Boxes: Kelp and Snapper

Painted Boxes: Kelp and Snapper

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This transformer is at Bethells Beach, on Auckland’s West Coast. Painted by an unidentified artist, it depicts kelp and snapper – appropriate for the coastal location.

Give us a Kiss!

Letterbox in Huia Road, Laingholm

Letterbox in Huia Road, Laingholm

This ferro-cement letterbox is in Huia Road, Laingholm.

[Edit, November 20, 2010: I now know that it is the work of Iain Cathcart from Mangonui. He has just won first prize in a competition for quirkiest letterboxes, which was inspired by exactly this letterbox: see designdaily.]

Derelict

Derelict

Derelict

The fog was rolling in as I was driving along O’Neills Road, Swanson. What is it that attracts photographers to this kind of sight?

The Bouquet

Dried Grasses

Dried Grasses

Herta gets the flowers – and I get to shoot them. I don’t know the ID of these grasses which are everywhere along beaches and roadsides.

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

Good Bye Zac!

The Soccer Player

The Soccer Player

Our grandson Zac from Sydney was here for a visit through the school holidays. This morning he will return to Australia, leaving behind fond memories of this time. Bon voyage, young man!

Mist in the Waitakeres

Mist in the Waitakeres

Mist in the Waitakeres

Seen from the Arataki Visitor Centre.

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

The Sky Tower Seen from the Sky Tower

View East from Sky Tower

View East from Sky Tower

With our visitor Zac we went up to the Sky Tower. This view shows the shadow of the top of the tower crossing Auckland University’s Science Centre. The buildings in the centre band of the picture are all part of the University, with the lush green Albert Park in front, and the Auckland Domain in the background.

Visit the official website of the Sky Tower.

Painted Boxes: Bush Scenes (Monique Endt)

Painted Boxes: Bush Scenes (Monique Endt)

Painted Boxes: Bush Scenes (Monique Endt)

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This transformer is outside 75 Royal Road, Massey. Painted by local artist Monique Endt with bush scenes, there was also some involvement of Royal Road School, coordinated by Kelly Knowles.

There are birds: kakariki(?), pukeko and NZ wood pigeon above, pukeko, fantail, tui and wood pigeon below. Plants:ferns, kowhai with the yellow flowers, nikau with red berries, cabbage tree with white bloom (bottom left).

Painted Boxes: Bush Scenes (Monique Endt)

Painted Boxes: Bush Scenes (Monique Endt)

  
Painted Boxes: Bush Scenes (Monique Endt)

Painted Boxes: Bush Scenes (Monique Endt)

Strings of Pearls (Whau)

Strings of Pearls (Whau)

Strings of Pearls (Whau)

Another shot of whau pods after a foggy morning, taken at 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. I liked how the out of focus dew drops on the left echo the shape of the cluster of pods.

Pou Whenua: Montana Heritage Trail

Pou Whenua: Montana Heritage Trail

Pou Whenua: Montana Heritage Trail

This pou whenua stands at the beginning of the Montana Heritage Trail. Here is the explanation of the term from the website of the Auckland Regional Council:
Pou whenua are carved posts placed strategically on the land to acknowledge and represent the relationship between tangata whenua (the people of the land), their ancestors and their turangawaewae (place of standing).

Beside the carved statue we see our 8-year-old grandson Zac who is presently visiting his Omi and Opa. He traveled by himself (assisted by friendly Air New Zealand personnel) from Sydney to Auckland to fill our house with an abundance of life for about two weeks of school holidays! A most enjoyable visit that will end on Saturday.

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