Auckland - West

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Month: February 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Leap!

The SkyJump

The SkyJump

This fellow is leaping from the Skytower — 192 metres of fall at 85 km/h. But it was not on the leap day.

I showed another leap (shot by Mrs H) on July 27, 2010:

At Piha Beach

At Piha Beach

The Reader

Avid Reader at South Piha Beach

Avid Reader at South Piha Beach

Great weather recently, and South Piha Beach is popular for a splash in the surf and rest in the sand.

A Monarch in the Making

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch butterflies (danaus plexippus) are quite common in New Zealand. According to Landcare Research, they introduced themselves to the country in the 1860s. This larva sits on the seed capsule of the favoured host plant, the “swan plant” (Gomphocarpus fruticosus), and it will grow to about twice its present size before pupating.

In a previous life, Mrs H had a production line of monarchs that brought us lots of enjoyment. See some pictures here and here.

Check out the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust site.

Tree

Tree

Tree

Not much sun in the sky as we were walking along the beach at Mangawhai Heads.

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

Britomart Skyline

Britomart Skyline in Reflection

Britomart Skyline in Reflection

The (underground) Britomart Railway Station has several light shafts with covers which produce intriguing reflections above ground. The one shown here has a conical structure of steel rods which caught my eye.

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

Horses, Te Atatu

Horses, Te Atatu Peninsula

Horses, Te Atatu Peninsula

Grazing under a grey sky.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Irrigation

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Irrigation at the playing fields of the Grafton United Cricket Club, Victoria Park

Sarge’s

Sarge's at Britomart

Sarge's at Britomart

With Astroturf lawn and picnic tables, Sarge’s Airstream Overlander brings fresh sandwiches and salads, and coffee of course, to Auckland’s downtown. Very stylish indeed!

Colourful Names

Leucoprinus Birnbaumii

Leucoprinus Birnbaumii

The official name according to wikipedia is Leucocoprinus Birnbaumii, although you might also find the latin name of Lepiota lutea — none of which can compare to suggested common names such as “plantpot dapperling”, “yellow parasol”, “flowerpot parasol”, “yellow houseplant mushroom”, “lemon-yellow lepiota”, or “yellow pleated parasol”.

We find this fungus from time to time growing in one of the planters by our entrance, apparently they often grow in flower pots or are introduced through potting mix. The difference between the two pictures is one day, and after one more day it was all finished.

Leucoprinus Birnbaumii

Leucoprinus Birnbaumii

Two Pou: Skate Plaza

Waiatarau (Lenard Phillips)

Waiatarau (Lenard Phillips)

A $1 million skate board and BMX course opened at Beaumont Street in October 2011. It incorporates two pou (Maori carvings in the form of poles), one named Waiatarau, carved by Lenard Phillips, and the other Te Mau Mahara, carved by Lee Ralph – the latter aptly clutching a skateboard, updating traditional shapes.

Quoting from Auckland City Harbour News:

Artist Lenard Philips, who created the first piece, says the area was once a busy fishing spot where shellfish were gathered.

“The waka represents the means by which we gathered our kai.”

Fellow artist Lee Ralph created the latter piece and is proud to have his work on display.

“Maori art is my new passion and skating is my old one so I’ve been able to bring them together. I’m so stoked.”

See some of the action on the Auckland City Harbour News (scroll down for videos).

Te Mau Mahara (Lee Ralph)

Te Mau Mahara (Lee Ralph)

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