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Month: April 2013 (page 1 of 3)

Red, White and Blue — and Black

Oystercatchers, Titirangi Beach

Oystercatchers, Titirangi Beach

Yesterday at Titirangi Beach, a flock of South Island Pied Oystercatchers flying from one side of the beach to the other.

Red, White and Blue

Sale!

Sale!

Banners bulging and flags fluttering in the breeze.

The Finish

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

Avondale Races are usually during the week and have not many spectators. This was last Thursday, Anzac Day afternoon, and because of the holiday there was quite a crowd. The weather was a mixed bag of sunshine and showers.

After a Rain Soaked Race

After a Rain Soaked Race

Dodecahedra (Kuaka Park)

Kuaka Park, Waterview

Kuaka Park, Waterview

Kuaka Park playground has emerged from the former Saxon Reserve in the course of the upheavals of the Waterview Connection of State Highway 20. Climbing structures assembled from dodecahedral shapes.

Kuaka is the Maori name for the godwit (limosa lapponica), a migratory bird which visits New Zealand during our summer and then returns to Alaska to breed in their summer. (It is unlikely that a godwit has ever been seen in the closer vicinity of the park…).

Kuaka Park, Waterview

Kuaka Park, Waterview

Peace Poppies (Cristina Beth)

Peace Poppies (Cristina Beth)

Peace Poppies (Cristina Beth)

Titirangi Roundabout presented itself in stunning red on yesterday’s Anzac Day: covered in oversized red Anzac poppies with a peace flag attached. Signs indicating “poppies avalable Sunday”. A compelling sight for every photographer.

It is an installation by local artist Cristina Beth. The Lopdell House Facebook page has this to say:

Visit the Titirangi roundabout on ANZAC morning to see artist Cristina Beth’s Peace Poppy installation. This artwork is for everyone in the community to enjoy and will become part of the landscape for three days.

Afterwards the poppies will be given away, and people will be asked to pass on an act of peace/kindness and email back this to the artist to be documented into an art book.

With this installation, Cristina Beth wishes to honour the past and be a reminder to give thanks for the abundance and peace we share with each other today and protect the land here in Aotearoa for future generations.

Peace Poppies (Cristina Beth)

Peace Poppies (Cristina Beth)

Peace Poppies (Cristina Beth)

Peace Poppies (Cristina Beth)

Anzac Day: Poppies

Poppies, New Lynn RSA

Poppies, New Lynn RSA

Red poppies just like the one on the wall grace many a buttonhole from Friday before Anzac Day (25/04). They symbolise the poppies of Flanders and commemorate soldiers who served and died in military conflicts.

This poppy wall used to be located by Memorial Square around the corner, but in the course of the development of the Merchant Quarter it was relocated to its present place in the grounds of the New Lynn Memorial RSA.

Bowls

The Delivery

The Delivery

I passed the Henderson Bowling Club on a walk by Opanuku Stream.

The Finer Points of Scoring

The Finer Points of Scoring

Railway Impressions (Sean McCarthy)

Railway Impressions (Sean McCarthy)

Railway Impressions (Sean McCarthy)

One more of Sean McCarthy’s painted telecommunications boxes. This one is in St Georges Road, Avondale, right beside a level railway crossing — as you might already have guessed. We hope that by the end of the year the depiction of a diesel engine will be just a quaint (if noisy) memory, replaced by whisper quiet electric trains. Another hope goes for the circuit boards that are alluded to in the picture: may there never ever be signal failures again! (See Herald stories here and here.)

The City Daily Photo community has a theme “St George’s Day” with great latitude on its interpretation: “You are welcome to post on your ideas on this day, your ideas on National Days and their value, even your favourite footie team.” This contribution has probably one of the more tenuous connections to St George or his day… For more contributions go to the theme day site.

Let’s Go Fishing!

Fishing Gear

Fishing Gear

Colourful fishing gear aboard one of the vessels at the Wynyard Quarter.

Car Wash

Car Wash

Car Wash

A steady stream of heavily laden trucks, mostly with trailers, move slowly out of the hole that extends from Maioro Road to Alan Wood Reserve. To keep the roads clean, especially after the rain we had recently, they have to cross a wash barrier, with additional custom waterblasting to ensure cleanliness.

The result is exemplary: clean vehicles and clean roads!

This is the southern end of the tunnel about to be dug for the extension of State Highway 20.

Truck Wash

Truck Wash

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