Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: June 2012 (page 2 of 3)

Dancing in Tyler Street

Dancers

Dancers

This mural in subtle colours is in Tyler Street, where a whole new classy shopping environment has emerged. I wonder if before long the boards here will give way to another plate glass shop window.

The artwork is unsigned, and a bit further along is a piece about city life, painted onto the brick wall. Maybe remnants of the Lost Playgrounds Event of 2011.

“Walking along I pass a bus stop.
A woman is sitting on the edge
of the seat gazing straight
ahead. She doesn’t seem to be
looking at anything in particular.
As I get nearer I can hear her
humming a single high pitched
note. A man is also waiting and
looks at her sideways, he looks
disapproving. As I pass her I
realise what she is doing. She
is humming the sound of the city.

P.C The Pleasure Corp”

Cone and Sphere

Cone and Sphere

Cone and Sphere

Looking up into one of the light shafts of the Britomart station as seen in the preceding two posts.

Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Street

Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Street

Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Street

Looking from Atrium on Takutai towards the Britomart Transport Centre. This pedestrian precinct is the roof of the underground Britomart railway station, and the truncated cones along the way are the light shafts that can be seen in yesterday’s picture.

Trivia of the day: a truncated cone such as here is called a “frustum of a cone” (often wrongly called “frustrum”).

Waiting

Britomart Station

Britomart Station

The Britomart train station offers no end of opportunities and challenges to the photographer.

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

Heron in Reflection

White-faced Heron, Reflecting

White-faced Heron, Reflecting

Like a wise old man deep in thought, this white-faced heron may well ponder the case of the disconnected reflection.

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

Late Afternoon at Piha

Piha from the Lookout

Piha from the Lookout

As the sun approaches its lowest angle, late afternoon light is very special. Here it is helped in no small measure by the cloud formations above.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Is that my Shadow Jumping over me?

White-faced Heron(s)

White-faced Heron(s)

I am, again, chasing birds — having much fun doing so. White-faced herons at Orpheus Drive, Onehunga.

Hautaha (coming together)

Hautaha (coming together) by Filipe Tohi

Hautaha (coming together) by Filipe Tohi

This tubular steel sculpture is by Filipe Tohi. An Auckland City Public Arts project from 2004, it stands in front of the Onehunga Library.

Deborah White has the following comments on The Big Idea:
“Filipe has constructed a three metre tall sculpture of stacked steel tube titled “Hautaha” (coming together) based on traditional Tongan lalava lashing. He defines lalava as the intersection of two lines, there is always a male and a female line, and these lines become a metaphor for the ways of the world. He creates patterns that become symbols of human interaction.
“Hautaha” references the coming together of diverse groups from early Maori to colonising Europeans to migrating Pacific Islanders into the region. Filipe sees the form as female, embracing, welcoming and encompassing local residents and visitors to the community. The lashing pattern also references the rope work on the boats visiting the port, from the early Pacific peoples to the sailing ships and modern freight ships today.”

Hautaha (coming together) by Filipe Tohi

Hautaha (coming together) by Filipe Tohi

Red and Green

Wonder Tree

Wonder Tree

Continuing the autumn impressions: the Chinese Wonder Tree (Idesia polycarpa) becomes more conspicuous with the bright red berries. Soon the leaves will turn yellow, but the red berries will last for some time yet on the bare tree. These trees are found in some gardens and also as roadside planting in some of Auckland’s streets.

Wonder Tree

Wonder Tree

Blue

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves, again from the plane trees of Khartoum Place, this time floating in a basin of the Suffrage Memorial Fountain.

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