Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

January 31, 2014

Chaffinch

Filed under: Birds,Sky — paul @ 8:14 am
Chaffinch

Chaffinch

When I was out shooting gannets at Muriwai, this (female) chaffinch ventured in front of my lens.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

January 30, 2014

Blockhouse Bay

Filed under: Blockhouse Bay,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 7:56 am
Blockhouse Bay

Blockhouse Bay

The view from Strathnaver Crescent (above Lynfield Cove), showing Blockhouse Bay Boat Club, with Wood Bay further back.

January 29, 2014

Swan Arch

Filed under: Henderson,History — paul @ 7:27 am
Swan Arch, Henderson

Swan Arch, Henderson

Near the Edmonton Road end of Central Park Drive, Henderson, there is a small reserve, some of it below road level: Swan Arch Reserve. A plaque gives the following story:

In 1898 solicitor Henry Charles Swan purchased land here. Around 1901, reputedly telling friends he was embarking on a solo voyage around the world, he sailed his yacht Awatea to this former tributary of Henderson Creek. Swan lived aboard his yacht for the next 30 years. Between 1901 and 1931 Swan built this brick arch, as well as two cellars to store fruit from his orchard and to house his book collection.

LocalHistoryOnline has a 1933 picture by Frank Morris of the arch including the watercourse (“Man in dinghy by Swan’s Arch, Henderson”):

January 28, 2014

At the Art Gallery

Filed under: Art,City,sculpture — paul @ 6:58 am
Sculptures by Francis Upritchard

Sculptures by Francis Upritchard

The Auckland Art Gallery has an exhibition “Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas”. One of its rooms is devoted to seven sculptures by London-based artist Francis Upritchard. Shown here are “Christopher” and “Jockey”. Made from modelling material, foil, wire, cloth, paint, 2012.

January 27, 2014

Questions?

Filed under: City — paul @ 7:09 am
At the City Library

At the City Library

Find answers to all your questions at the library.

January 26, 2014

Yellow Construction 2002 (Graham Snowden)

Filed under: Art,City,sculpture — paul @ 8:03 am
Yellow Construction 2002 (Graham Snowden)

Yellow Construction 2002 (Graham Snowden)

A sculpture by Graham Snowden by the entrance to the PwC tower, downtown. Nearby is Gregor Kregar’s “Oko 3“.

January 25, 2014

Spiral

Filed under: Black and White,Geometry,Not West — Tags: — paul @ 7:01 am
Spiral

Spiral

Spiral stairs at The Department Store, Takapuna.

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

January 24, 2014

Boots

Filed under: Avondale,People — paul @ 6:55 am
Boots

Boots

A selection of boots from the Avondale races.

Boots

Boots

Boots

Boots

January 23, 2014

Picnic

Filed under: Hillsborough — paul @ 7:17 am
View of One Tree Hill

View of One Tree Hill

The grounds of the TSBBank Wallace Arts Centre are known as Monte Cecilia Park: expansive lawns with big mature trees; and here a view of One Tree Hill from the upstairs of the Pah Homestead.

January 22, 2014

Gannet Portrait

Filed under: Birds,Muriwai — paul @ 7:19 am
Gannet Portrait, Muriwai

Gannet Portrait, Muriwai

At Muriwai, home of the gannets.

It seems to me that this year the numbers of breeding gannets at Muriwai are up considerably, with birds nesting and breeding even between the viewing platforms.

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