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

June 30, 2012

Oystercatchers

Filed under: Birds,Black and White,Mangere,Reflections — paul @ 6:43 am
Oystercatchers, Mangere

Oystercatchers, Mangere

It was a grey afternoon, but perfectly still, hardly a ripple on the surface of the water in the bay by Kiwi Esplanade. The oystercatchers had flown in, driven by the rising tide, from their feeding grounds in the mudflats of the Manukau Harbour. And now the tide was inching its way up the various outcrops of volcanic rock that they occupied.

(Except for one red bill and red legs, the picture was practically black and white out of the camera…)

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

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

June 29, 2012

Waikumete Cemetery

Filed under: Glen Eden,Sky,Waikumete Cemetery — paul @ 7:07 am
Waikumete Cemetery and Rainbow

Waikumete Cemetery and Rainbow

We had quite an abundance of rainbows of late — and plenty of rain, too. Here I was driving through Waikumete Cemetery when suddenly the rainbow formed.

Note that it takes an extra wide angle lens (or panorama stitching) to capture the full rainbow.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

June 28, 2012

Taking the Plunge

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 7:22 am
Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge

From one of my recent outings to Orpheus Drive. One of the white-faced herons had flown up to the top of the (two storey) Manukau Cruising Club. After enjoying the view for a while, it decided to re-join the rest of the flock, giving rise to these less than typical flight pictures.

Now We Are Flying!

Now We Are Flying!

Enjoying the View

Enjoying the View

June 27, 2012

Koru Land (John Botica)

Filed under: Art,Mangere,sculpture — paul @ 7:50 am
Koru Land (Detail)

Koru Land (Detail)

John Botica is a specialist in pebble sculptures. This work is in the courtyard of the Mangere Arts Centre — Ngā Tohu o Uenuku. The last picture shows it in context, with a stone sculpture by Filipe Tohi in the foreground.

Koru is the Maori word for unfurling fern fronds.

We have shown another work by John Botica (“Compass Rose” at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail at Te Atatu) on April 2.

Koru Land (John Botica)

Koru Land (John Botica)

Courtyard, Mangere Arts Centre --- Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Courtyard, Mangere Arts Centre --- Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

June 26, 2012

Royal Spoonbill

Filed under: Birds,Mangere — paul @ 7:07 am
Royal Spoonbill and One Tree Hill

Royal Spoonbill and One Tree Hill

Still chasing birds, I caught this Royal Spoonbill from the bay at the Manukau Boating Club, Mangere, in the late afternoon sun. One Tree Hill in the background.

June 25, 2012

Tracks

Filed under: Patterns,Titirangi — paul @ 7:23 am
Titirangi Golf Course

Titirangi Golf Course

Signs of early morning activity at Titirangi Golf Course.

June 24, 2012

Wet Afternoon in the City

Filed under: Black and White,City — paul @ 7:02 am
It's Wet

It's Wet

I had a few moments to spare and enjoyed myself taking pictures of the streetscape. Queen and Wyndham Streets.

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

June 23, 2012

Mangere Mountain

Filed under: Mangere,Reflections — paul @ 7:17 am
Mangere Lagoon and Mangere Mountain

Mangere Lagoon and Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain is one of the best preserved of Auckland’s volcanoes. It has two craters, and the lava flows of the eruption about 18,000 years ago extend into the Manukau harbour. The lagoon which is in the foreground of the photo (outgoing tide) is itself an explosion crater.

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

June 22, 2012

On Mangere Mountain

Filed under: Clouds,Mangere,Sky — paul @ 7:05 am
The Sky above Mangere Mountain

The Sky above Mangere Mountain

These interesting cloud formations dominated the sky above Mangere Mountain yesterday (shortly after the June solstice). The trees are on the rim of one of the craters.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

June 21, 2012

One Swallow …

Filed under: Birds,Seasons — paul @ 6:59 am
Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

… does not make a summer, nor does a whole flock of them as I saw them next to Island Road, Mangere. It’s the day of the June solstice (June 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM, NZ time), and we are on the wintery hemisphere. But the days are about to get longer, and Matariki festivities are taking place.

Reading up on Welcome Swallows (hirundo tahitica), I was surprised to find that the first records of these birds breeding in NZ are as recent as 1958. Now they are common birds, flitting over all waterways, certainly in the Auckland area.

Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

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