Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: July 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Pseudopanax

Pseudopanax on a Misty Morning

Pseudopanax on a Misty Morning

Most species of the genus Pseudopanax are endemic to New Zealand, and are often used in gardens and public plantings for their stark appearance and hardy nature. The sun had a hard job against the fog that morning.

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

Pied Shag

Pied Shag Taking Off

Pied Shag Taking Off

After a period of diving for fish, the plumage of shags is heavy with water, and they require quite a lengthy ‘runway’ to take to the air.

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

The Sky above Sylvia Park

Looking up

Looking up

I had to visit this Temple of Consumption that is Sylvia Park. Looking up from the concourse in front of Whitcoulls and Dick Smith, I saw wispy clouds surrounded by the architectural embellishments of the place.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

A Wet Morning

Dripping Wet

Dripping Wet

Location Signs: Te Atatu Peninsula

Welcome to Te Atatu Peninsula

Welcome to Te Atatu Peninsula

I noticed the welcome signs to Te Atatu Peninsula only a few months ago. I am sure they are part of a serious effort by the Te Atatu Peninsula Business Association to revitalise the suburb — with remarkable success, as it appears to me.

The Maori word “Te Atatu” is often rendered as “The Dawn” in English, and for this village it has taken an aspirational meaning of striving to rise to a new level. An enviable position on a peninsula with lovely walks along the shore, what more could you wish for?

Te Atatu Peninsula

Te Atatu Peninsula

Recycle

Colourful Cans

Colourful Cans

A collection of aluminium cans adds colour to a grey afternoon yesterday.

Colourful Cans

Colourful Cans

The Pose

On Top of Mount Eden

On Top of Mount Eden

This young tourist is posing for a friend shooting from below the platform. Auckland City in the background.

Stuck

G Key

G Key

It used to have pride of place by the eateries of the Wynyard Quarter. But when I last saw it, it was housed under the Golden Bay Silo. Its tuning may never have been up to scratch, and now the keyboard is getting arthritic.

Youtube has a recording of the piano being played by one of our men in blue.

Privacy Here (Terri Te Tau)

Privacy Here (Terri Te Tau, 2011)

Privacy Here (Terri Te Tau, 2011)

This work by Terri Te Tau, constructed from lace and resin, was on view at a recent exhibition Toioho ki Mangere at the Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.

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

Detail: Privacy Here (Terri Te Tau, 2011)

Detail: Privacy Here (Terri Te Tau, 2011)

Before Sunrise

Looking East from French Bay

Looking East from French Bay

In just a few minutes the sun will rise behind the Obelisk of One Tree Hill.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

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