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Month: September 2010 (page 1 of 3)

Next Year’s Chardonnay

Mate's Vineyard

Mate's Vineyard

Young growth in Mate’s Vinyard of Kumeu River Wines. These are 18-year old plants of the Mendoza clone chardonnay grapes. A beauty to behold.

Painted Boxes: Massey Rugby (Dan Mills)

Massey Rugby (Dan Mills)

Massey Rugby (Dan Mills)

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This painted transformer is the work of Dan Mills. It is situated in Granville Drive, Massey East. Opposite of this box are the club facilities and playing grounds of the Massey Rugby Club, and Moire Park.

Massey Rugby (Dan Mills)

Massey Rugby (Dan Mills)

Straw and Berries (Kumeu)

Soon...

Soon...

They still use good old-fashioned straw in the production of strawberries. Seen along State Highway 16 at Kumeu.

Berries like this were for sale at the markets on Sunday, but I prefer to wait a little longer, until they have soaked up more sun and burst with flavour.

Strawberry Field

Strawberry Field

Muriwai: Gannet

Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

From my visit to Muriwai last Friday. It was quite windy, and in such conditions it is especially fascinating to watch the gannets fly.

3 a.m. — Daylight Saving Time

New Lynn Plaza Clock

New Lynn Plaza Clock

The clock at New Lynn Plaza is supported by a brick pillar, as behoves a place with a long tradition in bricks and earthenware.

Daylight saving started Sunday, 26 September at 2 a.m., when the clocks were advanced by one hour (last Sunday of September). For a week we will be three hours ahead of New South Wales. We will correct back on Sunday 3 April 2011, 3 a.m.

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

Blokarts at Muriwai Beach

Blokarts at Muriwai Beach

Blokarts at Muriwai Beach

When the tide goes out, the hard sand of Muriwai beach is a great track for these lightweight land yachts – given the right wind conditions. And we had no shortage of wind, lately!

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

View of Auckland City

Auckland City from Te Atatu Peninsula

Auckland City from Te Atatu Peninsula

This is the view towards the east from Spinnaker Strand on Te Atatu Peninsula, showing the highrise buildings of the Auckland Central Business District.

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

Signs of Spring: Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis paniculata is a New Zealand native which climbs high in the trees, and in spring their flowers brighten up the green of the bush with patches of white. This particular example is climbing up a tall tree along Huia Road.

The September equinox will occur today, 23 September, 3:09 p.m. NZ time (=3:09 a.m. GMT). While the official beginning of spring in New Zealand is September 1, other countries align their seasons with equinox and solstice dates. So we have another excuse to celebrate spring (if one were needed).

The time of equinox is often associated with severe storms, and this year we certainly got a long and almighty blast (a weather beast as the TV forecasters called it), starting late last week and still going (with lulls in between).

Painted Boxes: Tui, and even a Kiwi (Al Green)

Tui (Al Green)

Tui (Al Green)

 
Kiwi (Al Green)

Kiwi (Al Green)

This box controls the traffic lights at the intersection Jaemont Ave, Te Atatu Road, Vera Road. While there are many boxes depicting birds, this is the only one I am aware of which shows a kiwi. I guess very few of us have encountered kiwis, but tui and other birds are parts of our lives.

Red

Red

Red

The flowering end of a branch of a coral tree (Erythrina sp.). These trees (known more commonly as flame trees, although that will cause confusion with other unrelated trees) are quite common in the Auckland region, their bright flowers carried on leafless branches. Birds like tui and silvereyes are partial to the nectar of the blossoms.

Coral Tree

Coral Tree

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