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

July 29, 2012

Pseudopanax

Filed under: Black and White,Plants — paul @ 7:00 am
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.

July 28, 2012

Pied Shag

Filed under: Birds,Reflections — paul @ 7:02 am
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.

July 27, 2012

The Sky above Sylvia Park

Filed under: Agriculture,Buildings,Not West,Sky — paul @ 6:55 am
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!

July 26, 2012

A Wet Morning

Filed under: Plants,Titirangi — paul @ 10:17 am
Dripping Wet

Dripping Wet

July 25, 2012

Location Signs: Te Atatu Peninsula

Filed under: Location Signs,Te Atatu — paul @ 7:29 am
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

July 24, 2012

Recycle

Filed under: Colours,New Lynn — paul @ 7:15 am
Colourful Cans

Colourful Cans

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

Colourful Cans

Colourful Cans

July 23, 2012

The Pose

Filed under: Mount Eden,People — paul @ 7:05 am
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.

July 22, 2012

Stuck

Filed under: Smile,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 8:07 am
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.

July 21, 2012

Privacy Here (Terri Te Tau)

Filed under: Art,Black and White,Mangere — paul @ 7:26 am
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)

July 20, 2012

Before Sunrise

Filed under: French Bay,Sky — paul @ 7:16 am
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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