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Month: July 2013 (page 1 of 4)

Leucadendron

Leucadendron

Leucadendron

Leucadendron are part of the protea family, very showy with colourful foliage. This example is from a hedge row in the grounds of Unitec.

Hard Hat, Hi Viz

Henry Atkinson Kitted Out

Henry Atkinson Kitted Out

Henry Atkinson (the statue) has seen its fair share of embellishments (for example here and here), but this time it is industrial strength! In the course of earthquake reinforcements (combined with building extensions) of Lopdell House, the facade was recently enshrouded in scaffolding and shrinkwrap. And finally it appears that Henry got a cubicle of his own to keep him safe during that time.

Wrapped Up

Wrapped Up

Secret Messages

Censored

Censored

Obscure messages litter the streets around Waterview.

Optional ManHoles, corrected codes, you can even find Easter, should you have missed it earlier this year, or have you heard of Cone Penetration Tests? (All this will help in the construction of the Waterview Connection of State Highway 20.)

Cone Penetration Test?

Cone Penetration Test?

Optional ManHole?

Optional ManHole?

Easter is Here!

Easter is Here!

Huh?

Huh?

Location Signs: Parau

Parau

Parau

Over some period of time, Bruce Courtney developed a landscaped area, detailed with rocks and planting, to welcome the visitor to Parau. Centerpiece is a lovely mosaic work, enclosing a lush puriri tree.

In addition, the former welcome sign just around the bend has been rejuvenated to great advantage. Well done!

Parau

Parau

Ripples

Ripples

Ripples

Ripples in the sand, Muriwai beach.

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

Winter Agapanthus

Winter Agapanthus

Winter Agapanthus

I like them at all times: in full bloom and colour, the seedheads, or just the bare ball of spikes.

Traffic Marshall

Traffic Marshall

Traffic Marshall

Sentry box complete with letterbox. Controlling the construction site traffic at State Highway 20. Overnight, as I was sound asleep, the first oversize pieces of the big TBM (“Tunnel Boring Machine”) named “Alice” should have made their way to this spot, with more to follow over the next week. The monster of 14m diameter and nearly 100m length will then be assembled, tunnelling to start in October.

(Hmmm, seems that nothing at all happened last night, the move being postponed for tonight, and Sunday.)

Rusty Fence

Rusty Fence

Rusty Fence

The mild sun of the winter afternoon got caught in the wiremesh of the fence at Kenneth Maunder Park, New Lynn.

Misty Morning

Morning at Armour Bay

Morning at Armour Bay

Yesterday morning at Armour Bay, Parau. Very peaceful atmosphere, but not good for travellers at the airport until about 1pm.

Morning at Armour Bay

Morning at Armour Bay

Portage

Portage (Warren Viscoe and Bill McKay)

Portage (Warren Viscoe and Bill McKay)

This sculpture is located at the intersection of Great North Road and Memorial Drive in New Lynn. It commemorates the ancient route of portage of canoes between the Manukau Harbour in the South and the Waitemata in the North. Reminiscent of how modern-day athletes carry their rowing boats high above their heads — although I would think that the heavy carved canoes were more likely dragged along the ground. No matter. The vertical mode of the sculpture is nicely emphasised by the row of cypress trees separating the small sculpture garden from a loading bay of Lynnmall.

Unfortunately, this spot is rather neglected and poky, too peripheral to allow a sculpture of this size to make an impact. On closer inspection it turns out that this is in fact a sun dial, with time markers set in the grass and concrete, one set for equinox and one for solstice (the point of the ‘boat’ marking the time).

Here’s hoping that the ongoing urban renewal of New Lynn will also reach this spot.

Design: Warren Viscoe and Bill McKay

Construction: Murray Couling

Engineer: David Shilton

Portage sculpture compaw

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