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Month: June 2013 (page 1 of 3)

Nga Taonga o te Waikumete

Nga Taonga o te Waikumete

Nga Taonga o te Waikumete

Yesterday’s fence in its full glory.

[The wire mesh fence around Glen Eden car park is adorned with little painted cutouts of fish and all manner of other creatures, shown here by their shadows on the footpath. The work is entitled “Nga Taonga o te Waikumete” (Treasures of the Waikumete Stream). A collaboration of Project Twin Stream Glen Eden, Glen Eden Primary School, Glen Eden Business Association and the local community, celebrating the people, the environment and the natural wonders of Glen Eden.]

Nga Taonga o te Waikumete (Detail)

Nga Taonga o te Waikumete (Detail)

Nga Taonga o te Waikumete (Detail)

Nga Taonga o te Waikumete (Detail)

Location Signs: Glen Eden

Glen Eden

Glen Eden

The wire mesh fence around Glen Eden car park is adorned with little painted cutouts of fish and all manner of other creatures, shown here by their shadows on the footpath. The work is entitled “Nga Taonga o te Waikumete” (Treasures of the Waikumete Stream). A collaboration of Project Twin Stream Glen Eden, Glen Eden Primary School, Glen Eden Business Association and the local community, celebrating the people, the environment and the natural wonders of Glen Eden.

(I had to flip the image to make it read easily.)

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

The Big Cloud

The Big Cloud

The Big Cloud

Looking from Waikowhai lookout across the waters of the Manukau Harbour towards Puketutu Island.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Green with …

Spelling Mistake

Spelling Mistake

I stopped to take a picture of the car with its provocative number plate. As I approached, I noticed the driver inside and enquired: “Is it, like, ‘Green with Envy’?” With a hearty laugh, she confirmed, explaining that it was a present from her daughter. (I assume that the correctly spelt number plate has long be snapped up by a Lamborghini driver.)

The Potters Post

The Potters Post

The Potters Post

Before 1913, the New Lynn Post Office was in the Railway Station. When increased rail volumes necessitated a move, local businesses Gardner Bros and Parker (brick makers) built this house and provided it at nominal rental. At 43 Totara Ave, it is a heritage building, a reminder of the brick and clay history of the area.

In 1930, a new Post Office was constructed from public funds (now used as the New Lynn Police Station).

Presently the building is occupied by BirthWest. Rest assured that we are not in the market for their services :-).

Incidentally, the inscription confirms the rule that black letter fonts (Gothic, Fraktur) should never be used in all capitals.

The Potters Post

The Potters Post

Mid-Winter Frivolities

Dancing on the Table

Dancing on the Table

We had just finished afternoon tea last Sunday, when I noticed the long shadows cast by our pet pukeko. As one thing led to another, piglet joined in the fun for a spot of shadow-kissing. Within minutes the sun was hiding behind the trees, putting an untimely end to the spectacle.

(Not exactly a new idea…)

Stars for Matariki

Whetu-Whenu-Whenua

Whetu-Whenu-Whenua

The Matariki Festival (June 22 – July 22) celebrates the Maori New Year as the Matariki constellation (the seven stars of the Pleiades) rise above our horizon. The images are window displays at Lopdell House Gallery in New Lynn entitled Whetu – Whenu – Whenua, combining works by the artists Maureen Lander, Nic Moon, Jacqueline Elley, and Annabelle Buick. The exhibition runs from June 21 to August 4.

From the exhibition notes:

“An exhibition acknowledging the threads that connect us as a community, the community to the land, and the traditional to the contemporary. It is a celebration of the art of mahi raranga (weaving activities), whatu (fibre weaving) and tukutuku (wall panel lattice work) brought together by Nic Moon’s woven Resolution – A Blanket for Richard Henry, Jaqueline Elley’s Muka Lightbox, Annabelle Buick’s Whakairo panel, and a site specific window installation by Maureen Lander will grow brighter throughout the Matariki period. “

Whetu-Whenu-Whenua

Whetu-Whenu-Whenua

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge

A Forest of masts at Saint Marys Bay, and behind it all the Harbour Bridge. Seen from the Jacobs Ladder bridge.

Takeaways

Takeaways, Kingsland

Takeaways, Kingsland

A grab shot as I was passing this Mediterranean Takeaways with the waiting customer. The reflection of the winter sky and of the sharp delineation of the Portland Buildings caught my eye.

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

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

Patterns

Mount Albert Train Station

Mount Albert Train Station

Cloud patterns in the sky (altocumulus, mackerel sky), and decorative patterns on the glass enclosure of the access way to the platform from the Carrington Road bridge. There will be more pictures of this station once the work is completed and all orange cones and security fences have gone. (You can see in the image that the access is fenced off.)

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

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