Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: October 2012 (page 2 of 4)

New Lynn Community Centre

Glass Panel

Glass Panel

The glass exterior of the New Lynn Community Centre has a frieze of frolicking citizens in artful pursuits – probably to prevent people from walking right into the glass with dire consequences. Here the neighbourhood appears in reflection: red (the Potters Post) and green (lawn with pohutukawa, and Station in the distance).

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

Glass Panel

Glass Panel

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Sturges Road Station.

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

Self Portrait with Tree and Crater

Projection onto the Crater Wall

Projection onto the Crater Wall

Standing on the rim of the crater of Mount Eden.

Flower Power

Kowhai Shelter

Kowhai Shelter

Permanently in flower are these two shelters at the “Environmentally Friendly Sturges Station Park and Ride”.

Pohutukawa Shelter

Pohutukawa Shelter

Crown Lynn at Lopdell in New Lynn

Black Swan and white Necks

Black Swan and white Necks

Not long ago, Lopdell House Gallery moved from its Titirangi home down to New Lynn, in the course of earthquake strengthening and extensions of the landmark building in Titirangi. Now situated at 5 Totara Avenue, it started a new programme of window displays with an exhibition of items from the Richard Quinn collection of Crown Lynn pottery. Crown Lynn (under various names over time) was an integral part of the New Lynn scene.

Shown here are the ‘iconic’ swan vases which graced many kiwi homes from the fifties on, as well as some jugs.

A big collection (including the Quinn collection to the best of my knowledge) of Crown Lynn pottery and manufacturing equipment is being catalogued by the Portage Ceramics Trust (not accessible to the public).

White Swan

White Swan

Crown Lynn Jugs

Crown Lynn Jugs

Stop. Mackies Rest

Mackies Rest

Mackies Rest

At the end (if you come from Scenic Drive) of the level part of Exhibition Drive is “Mackies Rest”. Legend has it that in the late 1800’s a trader named Mackie used this place to rest on his journeys into the ranges. In 1912, the Auckland City Council built a shelter there, and a local farmer, Marshall Laing, added a bench bearing the inscription “Stop. Mackies Rest”. Sometime this year, a replica of that bench was placed there, with a good view of the Lower Nihotupu Reservoir (part of Auckland’s drinking water supply), with the Manukau Harbour behind.

This spot is also the start of the Beveridge Track leading up to the Arataki Visitor Centre.

Inscription

Inscription

Bench Detail

Bench Detail

Pou Whenua: Tiriwa at Arataki

Tiriwa

Tiriwa

Tiriwa is an ancester of the local Maori tribe, the Kawerau a Maki. Their name for the Waitakere Ranges is “Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa” (The Great Forest of Tiriwa). The main carver of this pou, situated out the back of the Arataki Visitor Centre, is Sunnah Thompson, showing a minimalist styling in this pou. A more elaborate version is seen on top of the pou in front of the centre.

Daisies

Daisies from the Daisy Tree

Daisies from the Daisy Tree

The Daisy Trees (olearia rani) are in full bloom right now, bringing white patches into the green of the bush along Scenic Drive.

View from Arataki Visitor Centre

View from Arataki Visitor Centre

On Scenic Drive

On Scenic Drive

Unfurling

Tree Fern

Tree Fern

The mamaku or black tree fern (cyathea medullaris) is the largest of the NZ tree ferns. This is an unfurling frond from one of these trees in the bush by our house.

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

Calligraphy

Railway Calligraphy

Railway Calligraphy

The electrification of Auckland’s railway system is making progress. In about a year’s time the noisy diesel driven trains may well be replaced by whisper quiet fast electric trains with superior acceleration. In the meantime we can already try to decipher the cryptic messages in the sky. (Sturges Road Station.)

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Railway Calligraphy

Railway Calligraphy

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