Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

May 31, 2011

Painted Boxes: Happy Kingslanders (Doug Ford, 2010)

Filed under: Art,Kingsland,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:35 am
Sharing a Sandwich (Doug Ford, 2010)

Sharing a Sandwich (Doug Ford, 2010)

Happiness is — sharing sandwiches? This telecommunications cabinet stands next to Mac’s Neighbourhood Brewbar in Kingsland, and I am sure that they would prefer the locals to partake of their pub platters, rather than sharing cut lunches out on the footpath. Street scenes and birdlife in Doug Ford‘s typical style.

Happy Kingslanders (Doug Ford, 2010)

Happy Kingslanders (Doug Ford, 2010)

May 30, 2011

Glorious White

Filed under: Flowers — paul @ 7:25 am
Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

More and more buds of our moth orchid are opening for a beautiful display in our entrance hall.

A closeup in black and white appeared on May 22.

May 29, 2011

Portland Buildings, Kingsland

Filed under: Black and White,Buildings,Clouds,Kingsland,Sky — paul @ 7:02 am
Portland Buildings, Kingsland

Portland Buildings, Kingsland

The late afternoon sun shows up the silhouette of the Portland Buildings, Kingsland. Built in 1914 opposite the Kingsland railway station for Arthur William Page, they are a stately landmark of this now very gentrified suburb. Just look at those stylish parapets! “Portland” is thought to be in commemoration of the name of the ship which brought the Page family from England out to New Zealand in 1864.

There is more of an appraisal of this building in an article in the commercial property pages of the New Zealand Herald in 2009, when the complex came up for auction. A picture from a different angle is below.

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

Portland Buildings, Kingsland

Portland Buildings, Kingsland

May 28, 2011

Oratia Stream, Henderson

Filed under: Henderson,Reflections — paul @ 7:11 am
Oratia Stream, Henderson

Oratia Stream, Henderson

The deciduous trees have lost their leaves, opening the stream bed up to the sky. But all the rest is evergreen jungle. Taken from McLeod’s Bridge in Henderson’s Falls Park.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

May 27, 2011

Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

Filed under: Art,Kaurilands,Kelston,Sky — paul @ 7:12 am
Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

In St Leonards Road Kelston and also in the Kaurilands/Atkinson Roads area, “sculptural gateways” like the ones shown here are found along the roadside. They are the work of Toby Twiss, and the “Town Centre Art” page of the former Waitakere City has this to say:

Artist Toby Twiss was brought in to work with students from the six Kelston schools, to produce a series of sculptural ‘gateways’ into the area. These gateways depict images created by the students relating to speed and road safety. The idea behind these artworks was to help slow traffic down by putting up symbols related to speed and reminding drivers that there are children in the area. They were also conceived as a way of building pride in the area through a community arts project.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Children About! (Toby Twiss)

Children About! (Toby Twiss)

May 26, 2011

Autumn Leaves

Filed under: Colours,Seasons,Titirangi,Trees — paul @ 7:27 am
Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

The sun barely made it above the tall trees in the background, but as its rays hit the weeping cherry tree, the leaves put on a beautiful display of colour.

May 25, 2011

Petja

Filed under: Food,Oratia,People — paul @ 7:23 am
Petja of Salash Delicatessen

Petja of Salash Delicatessen

He towers over his Serbian delicacies: spicy sausages and smoked meats in the tradition of four generations of his family. A regular at markets like here the Oratia Farmers’ Market, but also Titirangi markets and others. Can’t go past their stand without grabbing a sample. Salash Delicatessen have a shop in 1 Ayr Street, Parnell, and manufacture in Portland Road, New Lynn. My favorite is their fresh BBQ sausage (RoĊĦtilj kobasica).

May 24, 2011

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and … Dunno!

Filed under: Oratia,Smile — paul @ 7:22 am
Labels for all Eventualities

Labels for all Eventualities

Labels for all the herbs in your garden. Whether you know them or not. Seen at the Oratia Farmers’ Market.

May 23, 2011

Rex LeGrice

Filed under: Oratia,People — paul @ 7:35 am
Rex LeGrice

Rex LeGrice

Rex was at the Oratia Farmers’ Market on Saturday, selling his peanut butter. He is a keen photographer, too, shooting on Canon. Another of his passions is genealogy, he is a world authority on the LeGrice/Le Grys/Le Gris/le Grice/Grice/Le Greiss family tree, and can trace the family back to 1066. Check out his website at legrice.net. I mentioned that our sons had gone to Kohimarama School – where there was a headmaster by that name; indeed, he was all familiar with that.

May 22, 2011

Phalaenopsis

Filed under: Black and White,Flowers — paul @ 7:09 am
White Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)

White Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)

The moth orchid has been making new flowering spikes. Here we look down its throat.

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

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