Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: October 2013 (page 1 of 4)

Getting a Bargain

Shirts

Shirts

Any number of cheap shirts are on offer at the Avondale Sunday Market.

Three in a Row

White-faced Herons

White-faced Herons

Three white-faced herons (Egretta novaehollandiae) resting on the superstructure at the Lower Nihotupu Reservoir.

Surrounded by Circles

New Zealand Scaup

New Zealand Scaup

New Zealand Scaup or Black Teal are a species of diving duck endemic to NZ. Very swift and fun to watch, with their bright golden eyes. This one generated a sequence of concentric circles by treading water. Western Springs.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis Blossom

Amaryllis Blossom

Our friend Chris presented us with an amaryllis plant from his collection, buds ready to pop open. Well, they have popped, two stems of six blooms each – what a spectacle! Here is a small detail.

More Eventful!

Pick up Sticks on Steroids

Pick up Sticks on Steroids

Voyager Maritime Museum is hosting a Tall Ships Festival (October 26 and 27, 10-4) at Queens Wharf. Apart from tall ships, there are also displays at the cloud, among them a games corner for children of all ages. Giant pick-up sticks (by Phil Stokes of the Elves and the Woodbotherer) are introduced to an audience eager to participate (backgrounded by a banner “Making Auckland more eventful”). Nearby, skills of coordination and concentration are put to the test in a giant Jango tower (“Crashing Colossus“, see also their facebook page).

Crashing Colossus

Crashing Colossus

Cranes

Cranes

Cranes

Post-processing fun with the heavy machinery at State Highway 20.

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

Patupaiarehe

Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

This arch, carved by Tim Codyre (2009) is found in Coyle Park, Point Chevalier. It tells the legend of Meola Reef, Te Toka Roa. Auckland City with Sky Tower in the background, the mangroves of Meola Reef in mid ground.

The inscription reads:


Patupaiarehe, fairy people, lived in the darkness of Waitakere bush. One night, on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour, two opposing groups were doing battle. The weaker ones tried to escape by building a stone causeway.

They laboured on unaware of the rising sun. The tree limbs sticking out of the lava flow of the reef, Te Toka Roa, are said to be the bones of the Patupaiarehe fairy people, petrified by the sun.

Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

Meola Reef

Meola Reef from Coyle Park

Meola Reef from Coyle Park

Auckland’s longest lava flow (11km) extends about 2km into the Waitemata Harbour, between Point Chevalier and Westmere. Aged about 28,000 years, it contrasts here with younger landmarks: the Auckland Harbour Bridge (completed 1959 – clip-ons 1969) and the volcanic island of Rangitoto (15th century).

Self Portrait without my Head

Babyface

Babyface

Seen in St Kevins Arcade, Karangahape Road.

Debris

Random Art of Nature

Random Art of Nature

Recent storms have brought down a lot of debris (and complete trees for that matter). This is the aftermath, romanticised. Green kauri leaves, male kauri cones, as well as a few twigs of Norfolk pine.

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