Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: August 2013 (page 2 of 4)

Yellow #2

Velvet Groundsel

Velvet Groundsel

Along the roadsides of the Waitakeres, clusters of yellow flowers herald the impending spring. They are Velvet Groundsel (Roldana petasitis), and they are classified as a weed (invasive). The leaves are furry, and the stems and buds have lovely purple tones.

Velvet Groundsel

Velvet Groundsel

Yellow

Bollards

Bollards

Heavy artillery guarding the passage to the PwC Tower from the Downtown carpark.

Window Treatments

Window Treatments

Window Treatments

The real estate pages make foe colourful window covers. Corner McCrae Way and Great North Road.

Tai Chi

Wu Ming

Wu Ming

Recently in front of the New Lynn Community Hall: Master Wu Ming enjoying the sunshine and showing Tai Chi forms. Expressive and controlled movements. And a fine uniform.

Furniture

Furniture, Queens Wharf

Furniture, Queens Wharf

Furniture at the end of Queens Wharf, beyond the Cloud. Unlike the examples at the Quay Street end, these pieces come without Morse code (and spelling mistakes).

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

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Monkey Puzzle Tree

This fine specimen of a monkey Puzzle Tree (araucaria araucana) is found at the Mount Albert Lodge, Carrington Road, near the railway station. The website of the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens says that it got its name “after the owner of a specimen in 19th century Britain suggested that its unusual branches would puzzle even a monkey to climb.”

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Lined Up

Four Pied Stilts

Four Pied Stilts

Four Pied Stilts on the incoming tide at Titirangi Beach.

Tension wil be high

High Tension Cable

High Tension Cable

A high tension cable carrying 22kV to 33kV has been installed between Blockhouse Bay substation and the construction site at State Highway 20, where it will power the Tunnel Boring Machine (going by the name of ‘Alice’). On one of my visits to the site I watched technicians joining cables and one of them explaining proceedings. He also handed me a sample of the cable: over 5cm diameter, with thick dielectric insulation and aluminium conductors of about 4mm diameter (you can count them and let me know the result when you have finished).

The difference between the two views: one cut with a bolt cutter, the other with a saw.

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High Tension Cable

High Tension Cable

Night Photography

Photographer in Front of the Cloud, Queens Wharf

Photographer in Front of the Cloud, Queens Wharf

I was not the only one taking pictures at the Art Fair.

Easily Distracted

At the Art Fair

At the Art Fair

Easily distracted as I am, my eyes focused on the colourful furniture instead of the art (dramatic birds if memory serves, but I don’t recall details).

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