Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: January 2011 (Page 1 of 4)

Scolypopa Australis

Passionvine Hopper (<em>Scolypopa Australis</em>)

Passionvine Hopper (Scolypopa Australis)

The Passionvine Hoppers (Scolypopa Australis) are sap sucking insects and both their nymphal stages as well as the adults (shown) can create quite a mess with their secretions. They are a major pest for both passionfruit and kiwifruit, as the black fungus growing on the sugary ‘honeydew’ makes the fruit unmarketable.…

Four Oystercatchers

Four Oystercatchers

Four Oystercatchers

The tide is rising, and soon the birds will have to move. These are variable oystercatchers (Haematopus unicolor), a species occurring in New Zealand only. In the background the Ngunguru sandspit.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.…


Wild Ginger (<em>Hedychium Gardnerianum</em>)

Wild Ginger (Hedychium Gardnerianum)

Wild ginger thrives in the shade of the bush, but it is a serious weed, forming thick mattes of rhizomes and suffocating all other plant life. Birds spread the seeds widely.

From the Landcare Research website: Wild ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum), also known as Kahili ginger, was originally grown in New Zealand as a garden plant.…

Fresh Lippy

Letterbox at 452 Huia Road, by Iain Cathcart

Letterbox at 452 Huia Road, by Iain Cathcart

We have shown this letterbox last July, but its makeup was a bit worse for wear at the time. Over the Christmas period new lipstick was applied, and Wow!

I found out that the maker of the letterbox (at 452 Huia Road) is Iain Cathcart, whose mother Ida lives not far from us and who we meet from time to time.…

Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana)

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana)

We went to celebrate the impending arrival of the year of the rabbit with the Auckland Chinese Community Centre at the ASB Showgrounds last Saturday. They did their best to help me into enduring poverty with everything that might bring me good fortune, not to mention the delicious foods and free displays of martial arts, dragon dances and more.…

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