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Month: November 2010 (page 1 of 3)

Announcing Summer

Pohutukawa Blossom

Pohutukawa Blossom

Tomorrow marks the official beginning of summer. And of all the flowering plants, the pohutakawa signals it best. It’s often called the “New Zealand Christmas Tree”.

Colours of Titirangi Market

Scented Pastels

Scented Pastels

You can have elegant pastel colored soaps or bright bungy balls, and lots of other things in all colours of the rainbow — Sunday’s Titirangi Market was busy, busy, busy.

The next Market day will be on Sunday, December 12. And last Sunday each month (except December) next year.

Bright and Bouncy

Bright and Bouncy

The Mask

Mask (by Ryan)

Mask (by Ryan Callanan)

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

At the Avondale Sunday Markets, Ryan Callanan sells a large range of sunglasses and his stand is well equipped with mirrors. But in amongst the spectacles, he also had a couple of masks, laser-cut in stainless steel to his own design, inspired by Maori patterns. We could not resist.

At home, when the shafts of the late-afternoon sun crossed our white breakfast table, we suddenly saw two masks.

(Contact Ryan: starexports99 AT hotmail.com, +64 21 1817859, or +64 9 428 1263.)

Ryan and the Mask

Ryan and the Mask

TVNZ

TVNZ Building and Reflections

TVNZ Building and Reflections

The curved Victoria Street frontage of the TVNZ building provides multiple reflections of city blocks.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

Skywatch: Which Sky?

Corner Potter and O'Donnell Avenues, Sandringham

Corner Potter and O'Donnell Avenues, Sandringham

These fine period houses are found at the corner of Potter and O’Donnell Avenues, Sandringham, complete with ever-blue sky: indeed, the entire scene from the rock wall to the houses to the sky is just a mural on a wall which curves around the corner, with a shop to the right and a launderette to the left of the picture. The sky on top, however, was genuine.

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

The Rosebush

The Rose

The Rose

This rose comes from the rosebush below: it has overgrown a tall tree of magnolia grandiflore, and at this time of the year is a most splendid sight. Near the Withers Road end of Kaurilands Road, Glen Eden.

(A pox on all taggers!)

The Rosebush

The Rosebush

Rengarenga

Rengarenga Lily (New Zealand Rock Lily – Arthropodium cirratum)

Rengarenga Lily (New Zealand Rock Lily – Arthropodium cirratum)

The Rengarenga Lilies are in full bloom again. They are very popular for plantings on roadsides and traffic islands, and found in many a garden. A NZ native plant.

Rengarenga Lilies (New Zealand Rock Lily – Arthropodium cirratum)

Rengarenga Lilies (New Zealand Rock Lily – Arthropodium cirratum)

Pou Whenua: Huia

Pou Whenua: Huia

Pou Whenua: Huia

This pou whenua stands at the beginning of the Karamatura Loop walk near Huia (map), and tells the story of the traditional name of the area where it stands: Kaingamatura — dwelling place of the deaf. It shows a shark to recall the occasions when the tribe of Kawerau a Maki went shark fishing from here. At one time an illicit liaison of a girl and a man from another tribe was found out, and the pair fled, hiding behind the rushing waters of a waterfall nearby, resulting in temporary deafness. Love won out, there was a happy ending!

From the interpretive plaque: This pou “recognises that this is a special place, somewhere to be enjoyed and respected by all.”

Carved by Te Kawerau a Maki carvers.

Hiding behind the Waterfall

Hiding behind the Waterfall

Cabbage Trees (Cordyline Australis)

Cabbage Trees in Flower

Cabbage Trees in Flower

Everything seems to be in flower at present. This is the cabbage tree (Cordyline australis) with profuse displays of flowers. There are also cultivars with bronze/purple coloured leaves.

Cabbage Tree (Bronze Leaf)

Cabbage Tree (Bronze Leaf)

Sun Princess

Sun Princess

Sun Princess

The Sun Princess is a frequent visitor to Auckland, this cruising season. Here she lies at Princes Wharf, last Wednesday. The Port of Auckland is a popular destination for cruise ships, with over 90 movements listed on the Ports of Auckland website.

The Sun Princess carries 1,950 passengers and has more than 400 balcony staterooms.

According to wikipedia, “the Sun class is a class of cruise ships operated primarily by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival. The class was designed and its component vessels constructed by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Italy. The first Sun class vessel, Sun Princess, entered service in 1995 and the last, Ocean Princess, entered service in the year 2000.”

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

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