Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: July 2011 (page 1 of 4)

City Bird

The Silvereye

The Silvereye

The succulents in the planters around the TVNZ building have nearly finished flowering. City dwelling silvereyes steal the last traces of nectar.

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

Headland

French Bay, Titirangi

French Bay, Titirangi

A pink glow envelops the headland at the end of French Bay, Titirangi, the start of a beautiful day.

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

Fingerjoints

From Myers Park

From Myers Park

Looking up to the sky from Myers Park, the Lapwood Spiral Building shows these interesting balconies.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosella

The Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) is an introduced bird from Australia, but now quite widespread in New Zealand. There are quite a few throughout Auckland City parks as well as in the Waitakere Ranges. Often in pairs and in small flocks of six to eight. This one kindly posed near our deck when Mrs H alerted me to its presence.

Picture Wall

The Wall

The Wall

This house with its unusual fence is near the end of Point Chevalier Road. Makes for an interesting change. Some of the panels shown below. There are two signatures, one of them “DT”, the other I cannot decipher, the year is 2005. (There is a renowned graffiti artist “DT” in Auckland, but I don’t know if this is the same.)

Rongomātāne

Rongomātāne

Rongomātāne

The Rugby World Cup 2011 will take place in this country from September 9 to October 23, watch the clock counting down to kick-off on the official website. The country is preparing to show itself in the best light, and refurbished stadiums are part of that effort. Especially of course the temple of our national religion: Eden Park.

Apart from new stands and amenities, there are four carved pou at the four corners, and this is one of them: Rongomātāne, carved by Albert Te Pou, guarding Entry E.

From the interpretive plaque:

Rongomātāne, Maori God of peace, signifies completion in the psyche of man. In contrast to the traits of the Gods Tānemāhuta, Tāwhirimātea and Tūmatauenga, Rongomātāne represents the calmness, fairness and understanding of humanity. He stands with the wahaika at his front to ward off evil and holds a toki behind his back. The toki or adze is a customary symbol of peace between two parties.

Although Eden Park is a realm of sporting confrontation, the presence of Rongomātāne reminds us that contests fought in this arena must be underpinned by the values of respect, fairness and, ultimately, peace.

Rongomātāne

Rongomātāne

I beg your Pardon!?!

Roadside Offer

Roadside Offer

I thought that these are bought by the sh**load rather then by the kilogram – but here we are. Just north of Kumeu, kind of horse country, yet this sign is at an orchard. No, they are not diversifying into the fertiliser business, rather a case of “apples to apples” (if you have horses; but pigs, rabbits, poultry, and more, all seem to enjoy unsold apples from last year).

The Sunflower

The Sunflower

The Sunflower

As usual, I borrow Mrs H’s flowers to have my fun.

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

Auckland’s Sky Tower

Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen

The Sky Tower reflected in the curved glass front of the Vodafone building, Fanshawe Street.

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

The Alien (Kumeu)

The Alien

The Alien

I have driven past this guardian of the north end of Kumeu’s (or is it Huapai?) Main Street many times, but never taken the time to take a picture of this junk art alien – should go well with the exhibition at Corban Estate Art Centre. In contrast to yesterday’s guardian at the opposite end of Kumeu, this is not an industrial neighbourhood. Must be alien-friendly people living here. Does he have a distance relationship with the girl at Cottle Motors?

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

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