Auckland - West

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Month: August 2010 (page 2 of 4)

The Pukeko

The Pukeko

The Pukeko

Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus, New Zealand swamp-hen), absorbed in self-admiration. Seen at Western Springs.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

Winter Tree

Winter Tree

Winter Tree

Blue sky, criss-crossed with branches of a young plane tree. And a couple of sparrows

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

Demolition Yard

North Shore Demolition, Avondale

North Shore Demolition, Avondale

They may be called “North Shore Demolition”, but this yard is on Great North Road, Avondale. A treasure trove. Check out their website for some smashing images.

Painted Boxes: The Patient (Doug Ford)

Painted Boxes: The Patient (Doug Ford)

Painted Boxes: The Patient (Doug Ford)

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This traffic control cabinet is on Lincoln Road, Henderson, by the entrance to Waitakere Hospital. Painted by Doug Ford (who has featured here before) with great sympathy for the patients.

The Shop Window (Cross Street)

The Shop Window (Cross Street)

The Shop Window (Cross Street)

This cool window belongs to a clothing and design company (we’ar) in Cross Street, just below the Ironbank building. The shop assistant told us that the torsos of the illuminated mannequins are based on casts made of actual people.

Sunnyvale Rail Bridge (Dan Mills)

Sunnyvale Rail Bridge (Dan Mills)

Sunnyvale Rail Bridge (Dan Mills)

In the course of upgrading the Auckland-Waitakere railway line, a number of big construction works got undertaken. The crossing of the Oratia Stream (two bridges, one for each track) incorporates pedestrian and cycle paths at the Sunnyvale station. The bridges are nondescript concrete structures, but the murals by Dan Mills (featured in this blog in connection with painted boxes) lift them a bit out of the ordinary.

The panel shown below has the inscription:

“Mural painted March 2010 by Dan + Bart, with assistance from … Hoani Waititi MaraeSunnyvale Primary SchoolBruce McLaren Intermediate School, and Waitakere City Council.”

Sunnyvale Rail Bridge (Dan Mills)

Sunnyvale Rail Bridge (Dan Mills)

Toi Toi in the Winter Sun

Toi Toi (Cortaderia toetoe)

Toi Toi (Cortaderia toetoe)

Toi Toi is a NZ native grass, belonging to the family Cortaderia, just as the introduced Pampas Grass. Here the winter sun is caught by the feathery flower stands of a clump of toi toi at the edge of the bush in Titirangi.

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

Lion Rock, Piha

Lion Rock, Piha

Lion Rock, Piha

The view is from North Piha beach towards the south, with Lion Rock straight ahead (101m high), the rocky outcrop of the Nun to the far right and Camel Rock (Taitomo Island) just to the left of the Nun. In brilliant sunshine – absolute bliss!

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

More Piha pictures.

Winter Pruning

Winter Pruning

Winter Pruning

Leafy avenues are an asset – but they require some looking after. As rain clouds threaten, the arborists of Treescapes do the necessary maintenance of the plane trees in Seabrook Avenue, New Lynn, removing dead branches, shaping the trees and reducing the tangle of past growth. Careful maneuvering is required to get between the branches and to avoid the power lines. The men in their abseiling gear are fun to watch.

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

Waikumete Cemetery

Waikumete Cemetery

Waikumete Cemetery

This is a block of graves in Waikumete Cemetery on a sunny morning. More pictures from the cemetery.

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