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

May 31, 2012

Arriving at Work

Filed under: Buildings,Henderson,People — paul @ 7:05 am
Ready for a Day's Work

Ready for a Day's Work

I was taking some pictures of the Still Building at the Corban Estate Art Centre, when ceramic artist Peter Lange walked into my frame, searching for the keys to his studio.

May 30, 2012

Painted Boxes: Australasian Gannets

Filed under: Art,Birds,Massey,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:24 am
Australasian Gannets at Waimumu Road

Australasian Gannets at Waimumu Road

This transformer, painted by an anonymous artist, shows the Australasian Gannets of Muriwai year in, year out. The cooling ducts are inscribed: takapu, Australasian gannet, morus serrator – the names of the birds in Maori, English and Latin.

Sadly, this is one of the examples that demonstrates that public art is not a total deterrent against tagging.

Australasian Gannets at Waimumu Road

Australasian Gannets at Waimumu Road

May 29, 2012

Three Photographers

Filed under: Black and White,Muriwai,People,Reflections — paul @ 7:21 am
Fascinated by Waves

Fascinated by Waves

On the weekend I took part in a Nature Photography workshop with Colin Tyler at the Corban Estate Arts Centre. For Sunday afternoon we went to Muriwai, but the weather was about to change. Still, some wave shots and other bits and pieces could be done before the rain started.

Three Oystercatchers

Filed under: Birds,Mangere — paul @ 7:05 am
Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

It was a fairly grey day, but the Manukau Harbour at Mangere was mirror smooth. As the tide moves in, these oystercatchers will have to find higher ground. Nice wing stretch.

May 28, 2012

Real, Realer, Realest?

Filed under: Henderson,Smile — paul @ 7:11 am
Superlative?

Superlative?

A superlative of reality in Henderson.

May 27, 2012

To Market We Go!

Filed under: Black and White,Coatesville,Shadows — paul @ 6:53 am
Family at the Coatesville Market

Family at the Coatesville Market

The Coatesville Market takes place on the first Sunday of the month. There is an amazing range of stalls and products. A busy morning, and I was lucky to notice a blank spot and even more lucky that this group of people cast their shadows there.

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

May 26, 2012

Tree Study

Filed under: Blockhouse Bay,Reflections — paul @ 6:43 am
Trees, Blockhouse Bay

Trees, Blockhouse Bay

The gentle undulations of the water give a painterly quality to the trees.

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

May 25, 2012

Going West!

Filed under: Birds,Mangere,Sky — paul @ 7:09 am
Black, White and Red --- and Blue Sky

Black, White and Red --- and Blue Sky

When the oystercatchers have had their rest in their allotted space (and the tide is on its way out), there is only one way to go and that is West to the mudflats of the Manukau Harbour. Seen at our visit to Ambury Farm Park.

South Island Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus finschi)

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

May 24, 2012

Woollen Coat

Filed under: Animals,Mangere,Seasons — paul @ 7:07 am
A sideways Glance for the Camera

A sideways Glance for the Camera

Ambury Farm Park is a working farm run for the enjoyment of the citizens of Auckland by the Auckland Council. You are welcome to wander and mingle withe the animals, watch birds, enjoy the sunshine (if any). We celebrated the present spell of fine weather with a visit, admiring this fine specimen and envying its coat. Nighttime temperatures go down to 6 degrees C, and if there is wind it tends to be quite nippy.

Sheep, Ambury Farm Park

Sheep, Ambury Farm Park

May 23, 2012

Painted Boxes: Birdlife — Live and Extinct (Monique Endt)

Filed under: Art,Birds,Painted Boxes — paul @ 8:44 am
Huia Birds and Kakapo (Monique Endt)

Huia Birds and Kakapo (Monique Endt)

By the roundabout where Woodlands Park and Minnehaha Roads meet Huia Road, Monique Endt has decorated two large cabinets with images of birds in a bush setting. The Huia and Moa are extinct, while the blue-grey kokako and green kakariki are endangered. Fantail and morepork (our owl) are common parts of our avian population.

There are many boxes by Monique Endt, some of them on this blog.

Moa and other Birds (Monique Endt)

Moa and other Birds (Monique Endt)

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