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Month: January 2014 (page 2 of 4)

How Convenient! #3

Old Sandringham Conveniences

Old Sandringham Conveniences

Another art deco style toilet block bearing the initials of the Mount Albert Borough Council. While the facade looks quite attractive, the building is out of service, but never fear, a (less monumental) modern facility is close by.

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The White Horse (Ben Foster)

The White Horse (Ben Foster)

The White Horse (Ben Foster)

One of the works at the current Sculpture in the Gardens show at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. This is by Ben Foster, made from aluminium, epoxy and automotive paint.

From the program notes:

Standing majestically, silver-white against the emerald hues of the landscape, The White Horse relies on the interplay of light and shadow, the result is dramatic with the sculpture’s silhouette as commanding as the mountainous landscape it resembles.

West Coast

Auckland's West Coast

Auckland’s West Coast

Looking North from near the top of the Mercer Bay Loop walk: North Piha and beyond.

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

All manner of creatures can be found on my window panes. Here a jumping spider basks in the sunshine.

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

Tree Man (James Wright)

Tree Man (James Wright)

Tree Man (James Wright)

At 3.5m high, this is one impressive sculpture. Made from Corten Steel by James Wright and part of the Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition at the Botanic Gardens.

From the program notes:

James Wright’s Tree Man stands proud displaying his mana, reaching up to the sky but with his feet firmly rooted in the earth. This work shows the morphing from man to land, respecting and protecting our environment working together as one.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Atta Mediae (Samantha Lissette)

Atta Mediae (Samantha Lissette)

Atta Mediae (Samantha Lissette)

One of my favourite exhibits at the Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition. By Samantha Lissette.

Atta is a genus of leaf cutter ants, and the mediae are those ants in their social organisation which are specialised to the task of cutting and transporting the leaf pieces.

From the exhibition notes:

“The exoskeletons are created in an amour like style as an analogy for the uniforms worn by staff. This reflects ideas around how they work as a team. Each ant has an individual surface treatment to reflect the individuality everyone brings to a team.”

Atta Mediae (Samantha Lissette)

Atta Mediae (Samantha Lissette)

Atta Mediae (Samantha Lissette)

Atta Mediae (Samantha Lissette)

Discoloured

Kauri Tree, Arataki Visitor Centre

Kauri Tree, Arataki Visitor Centre

This is a kauri tree at the Arataki Visitor Centre. It is all discoloured, looks like it might be dying. When I asked if this was an example of the “kauri dieback disease“, I was told it was not, and they are still trying to find the cause.

Kauri Tree, Arataki Visitor Centre

Kauri Tree, Arataki Visitor Centre

Scaffolding

Scaffolds

Scaffolds

The extension to Lopdell House Gallery is going up and up – here a view of the scaffolding from the back of the building.

A Glimpse of Titirangi

From Lynfield Cove

From Lynfield Cove

Looking from Gilletta Reserve (Lynfield Cove) past the Blockhouse Bay boat ramp towards French Bay Yacht Club and the hills beyond. The high peak is Mount Donald McLean (398m), on the way from Huia to Whatipu.

Hydrangeas

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

They are everywhere! Some are in gardens, some have escaped.

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