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Month: February 2011 (page 1 of 3)

Mural Painting with Doug Ford (CUE Haven)

Detail of the Mural at CUE Haven

Detail of the Mural at CUE Haven

Doug Ford has featured on this blog before, as creator of murals and numerous painted roadside cabinets (telecommunications and traffic control). Last Saturday we had the opportunity to paint a mural under his guidance at CUE Haven, a former farm along the Kaipara Coast Highway, between Kaukapakapa and Glorit. On previous days, Doug had outlined his design on the three walls of the former milking shed (now nursery), and when we arrived he deployed our talents with skill and good humour. You see him in his red hat below. Another group of people was due to continue the work on Sunday, and eventually Doug will clean it all up to meet his artistic standards.

CUE Haven is a 59 acre farm, now being converted back to New Zealand native bush, the vision and initiative of Tom and Mahrukh Stazyk. They were splendid hosts for the occasion, and made evryone feel part of the project. Tom explained some of the developments that had taken place so far, duly acknowledging a number of sponsors (RESENE paints were foremost on our day, of course).

Read more about CUE Haven.

Tom; Doug and Mahrukh; Doug Makes a Point

Tom; Doug and Mahrukh; Doug Makes a Point

Prograess

Progress

Everybody Paints

Everybody Paints

At the Auckland Lantern Festival

Monkeys

Monkeys

Black and white images from last weekend’s Auckland Lantern Festival, the concluding highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations. (More lanterns here.)

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

Zebras

Zebras

Surf Class

Muriwai Beach

Muriwai Beach

A very orderly entry into the water at Muriwai. It looks like a surf class is about to begin.

Clouds

Clouds over the Manukau

Clouds over the Manukau

Large fluffy clouds and their reflections, seen from Titirangi Beach.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Amphipsalta Zelandica (Cicada)

The Cicada

The Cicada

At this time of year the bush resounds with a cacophony of cicadas. The first of these insects can be heard from December, but only sporadically. By February/March their numbers are up to full strength, and many an outdoor television interview finds it hard to compete against this backdrop.

The nymphal stages of the cicada live underground for up to five years. When they leave the ground, they climb a short distance up any tree, shed the old skin and emerge as winged insects.

Ka Pai Mussels: Masters of Fire

Our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch and their loved ones: Yesterday, February 22 at 12:51 p.m., a severe earthquake (6.3 on the Richter scale, at a depth of only 5km) shook the city of Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. First confirmed reports speak of 65 deaths, with more expected.

(A 7.1 magnitude earthquake on September 3, 2010, had done considerable damage and was followed by numerous aftershocks — yesterdays quake was one of them — but there were no fatalities in last year’s events).

 

 

 

Ka Pai Mussels

Ka Pai Mussels

From the Auckland Lantern Festival. One of the many food stalls is Ka Pai Mussels. These guys do a roaring trade and stoke roaring fires with flames reaching 2 metres. A spectacle, and many satisfied customers.

(Ka Pai is maori and translates as “ok” or “great”.)

Mussels and Muscles

Mussels and Muscles

Pavlova by Mrs H

Pavlova by Mrs H

Pavlova by Mrs H

It is a fact known to all right-thinking people that this jewel of a dessert that is a pavlova is a New Zealand invention; although, there are occasional attempts to discredit this truth, mainly from inhabitants of the large island in the west… Everybody, however, agrees that it is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, and that it is delicious.

The specimen in the picture is well hidden under lashings of whipped cream and generous dollops of fruit — it may have looked large, but with the help of our guests it disappeared in no time. Stuart kindly took a picture of a merry lunch – he is the one behind the camera.

Lunch in Good Company

Lunch in Good Company

Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

The Chinese Lantern Festival is a highlight at the conclusion of the two weeks of New Year festivities, this year from 18 to 20 February. Masses of people are crowding Albert Park and Princes Street in the City of Auckland, and this year was blessed with fantastic weather for it.

No big fireworks, so I tried to create them in-camera with an exposure of 6 seconds and a bit of camera movement, looking at the garlands of lanterns. The picture below is a more traditional impression of the year of the rabbit.

Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit(s)

Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit(s)

Names

Carved in Stone

Carved in Stone

Inscribed into the soft rock at Orua Bay (Manukau Heads).

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

The Moth

The Moth

The Moth

I always like shooting insects on window panes because of the reflections. So when this moth landed on the bathroom mirror — bliss. Since the main reflection originates from the silver layer behind the thick mirror glass, it gives an altogether floating impression, unlike reflection on window glass (e.g. here or here).

You have to like its antlers! Can anybody identify the critter?

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

The Moth

The Moth

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