Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: November 2011 (Page 3 of 3)

Sordid?

Bartlettina Sordida

Bartlettina Sordida

This flower, Bartlettina Sordida, originates from Mexico, but appears to be quite at home in New Zealand. Described as an “environmental weed”, it has the potential to be invasive. The plant can grow to 3-4m in height, with big, slightly rough leaves structured with purplish veins.…

Blue Bowl (Len Castle)

Blue Bowl (Len Castle)

Blue Bowl (Len Castle)

Len Castle, grand master of New Zealand ceramics, died 29 September, aged 86. He started out as a science teacher but then turned his attention to pottery, doing it full-time since 1963. He developed a deep understanding of the capabilities of clay and of glazes, no doubt helped by his scientific background.…

Roots

Pohutukawa Roots

Pohutukawa Roots

Pohutukawa trees thrive in coastal environments, but with the sea views come exposure to wind and weather, and sea: cliff faces can collapse under trees, and water can undermine the shore as in this example at Cornwallis beach: wave action has carved into the soil, exposing life underneath.…

Jack and the Beanstalk

Window Art, Corner Cross Street and Mercury Lane

Window Art, Corner Cross Street and Mercury Lane

This is a composite of four glass panes on what I think used to be the Warehouse for the Geoerge Court department store at the corner of Cross Street and Mercury Lane. I must have driven past it on numerous occasions without noticing it, as it blends quite well into the drab grey of the building (the actual George Court building between Cross Street and Karangahape Road has been done up and converted into apartments).…

Diwali

Ornament of Coloured Rice in the Entrance Hall

Ornament of Coloured Rice in the Entrance Hall

The Hindu festival of Diwali (Festival of Light – the triumph of light over darkness) was last Wednesday, followed by New Years (year 2068 of the Vikrama calendar) on Thursday. At the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Avondale the festivities were observed on the weekend, and my friends Amar and Dee kindly invited me to the occasion.…

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