Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: December 2011 (page 1 of 3)

Windswept Manuka

Manuka Tree, Hillary Trail

Manuka Tree, Hillary Trail

Shaped by the prevailing westerly winds, this manuka tree leans across the Hillary Trail near Mercer Bay.

At the Playground

Bliss

Bliss

They had the Wynyard Quarter playground all to themselves and tried out each of the spinning sea urchins…

Dinner on the Deck

Shadow Play

Shadow Play

Christoph from Hong Kong on a visit early December. It took me a while to understand the light and shadow in this evening shot.

Pipes

Pipes

Pipes

The tanker Awanuia at Queen’s Wharf.

The Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree

Christmas Greetings to all!

This was taken at the Swedish pre-Christmas market (at the Danish House), in November.

The Soccer Ball

Navigation Equipment on the Yuan Wang 6

Navigation Equipment on the Yuan Wang 6

Today this blog celebrates its second anniversary, daily posts since Christmas Eve 2009.

The soccer ball is part of the superstructure on the Yuan Wang 6, one of the ships that support Chinese space missions. Recently in the port of Auckland.

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

Prime Position

Two Spined Weevil

Two Spined Weevil

The weather started out with high cloud, just ideal for walking, but then it turned into drizzle and rain, clearing again, sort of, when we had reached the lookout point on the Hillary Trail, just above Karekare. A two spined weevil shared our elevated spot. The view in sunshine (without insect life) was shown earlier.

Panatahi Island and the Whatipu wetlands and sands in the distance.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Red Containers

Red Containers

Red Containers

Next to the Viaduct Events Centre.

Aliens in Titirangi

"Love Titerz"

"Love Titerz"

Aliens in graffiti in Titirangi. Top left: “heart Titerz” — short for Titirangi. Can only agree.

What’s Going On?

Crew Members, Yuan Wang 6

Crew Members, Yuan Wang 6

When the Yuan Wang 6 was lying alongside Queens Wharf, there was an interesting activity near the rear. A small truck was parked on the wharf, laden with boxes of Karicare baby formula. It appeared that crew members were in the process of purchasing quantities of the product, maybe even in the form of some kind of auction.

In some shops here, this formula is rationed, because the demand for NZ formula in China is so immense, that deliveries to supermarkets are limited. So perhaps a nice little sideline for crews of ships calling on our port. Or do they have (large numbers of) babies on board?

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