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Month: September 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Mid-Autumn in Hong Kong

Floating

Floating

On a walk along Electric Road, I passed the City Garden, where ornaments for the coming Mid Autumn Festival )the festival of moon cakes) were floating on the pond. What caught my eye more, were the fascinating reflection patterns of the rectangular grid of windows of the City Garden Hotel opposite.

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

Reflections

Reflections

Reflections

Reflections

The Angel

Angel at Notre Dame de Paris

Angel at Notre Dame de Paris

When I entered the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, this was the first impression. Of course there is more than black and white in that wonder of gothic architecture.

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

Angel at Notre Dame de Paris

Angel at Notre Dame de Paris

Letting off Steam?

Rangitoto from Mount Victoria

Rangitoto from Mount Victoria

We paid a visit to Mount Victoria in Devonport, in beautiful sunshine, but with a biting wind. The cloud formations passing over Rangitoto Island looked a bit like puffs of smoke from this volcano. The mushrooms in the foreground are air vents for the bunker beneath, now venue for the Devonport Folk Music Club.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Waiting for the Train

Zac and Felix

Zac and Felix

Zac and Felix at New Lynn Station, waiting for the train to the city. The artwork gracing the walls of the rail trench all along the railway station is by Louise Purvis.

The Gnome

The Gnome

The Gnome

A gnome keeps watch over this signpost in Onehunga.

The Gnome

The Gnome

Location Signs: Balmoral

Balmoral

Balmoral

This sign is at the corner of Balmoral and Dominion Roads. I had not noticed it until a few days ago, don’t know if it is new. A few steps along is a bench made from the same material.

Oooo...

Oooo...

A Titirangi Welcome

Zac and Felix

Zac and Felix

It is a time-honoured tradition to welcome visitors to Titirangi with public displays of affection on the Titirangi Roundabout. This time the victims were grandsons Zac and Felix who have arrived to bring two weeks of excitement to our place. They did the flight from Sydney all on their own (with the assistance of kind people along the way).

Titirangi Roundabout

Titirangi Roundabout

Schwetzingen

Imposing Order over Nature

Imposing Order over Nature

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

Our generous hosts in Ladenburg, Christine and Hannes, took us to the Schlossgarten in Schwenningen. An extensive park, inspired as it seems by the gardens of Versailles. Apart from the sharply trimmed alleys of trees and geometric layouts in the French style, there are also more natural “English” gardens. The palace was the summer residence of the Palatine Electors, the gardens created between 1743 and 1778 under Prince Elector Carl Theodor who employed well-renowned gardeners for the project.

Our wonderful hosts: Christine and Hannes (Mrs H at left)

Our wonderful hosts: Christine and Hannes (Mrs H at left)

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Parterre de Broderie, Schwetzingen

Parterre de Broderie, Schwetzingen

Making Waves

Wave Generator

Wave Generator

At a private “Baggersee” near Lahr.

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

Rooftops: Morning and Evening

Morning

Morning

Our apartment in Paris did not boast grand views, but was comfortable and perfect for our visit. Most importantly: there was blue sky most days, and I found these rooftop perspectives quite interesting (same window in both shots).

Evening

Evening

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