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Month: February 2014 (page 1 of 3)

Fluffy

Himalayan Fairy Grass

Himalayan Fairy Grass

The older, less maintained parts of the Waikumete Cemetery are covered with this grass: Himalayan Fairy Grass (miscanthus nepalensis). Like many pretty things, it’s classed as a weed (invasive, clumping).

Here the fluff in the sky competes with the fluff on the ground.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Singularities (John Parker)

John Parker at Masterworks Gallery

John Parker at Masterworks Gallery

As I was walking up Ponsonby Road yesterday, I was attracted to the exhibition “Singularities” by John Parker at the Masterworks Gallery. Geometry and colour.

Another work by John Parker is here.

Singularities

Singularities

White

White

Blue

Blue

Lopdell House

Lopdell House

Lopdell House

Refurbishment and earthquake strengthening of Lopdell House is nearly complete (a great success from the outside). These pictures are from last night. On the roof you can (just) see some of Delicia Sampero‘s installation “Conference of the Birds”.

There will be an Open Day at Lopdell House on Saturday, March 1, from 10 to 2.

Lopdell House Gallery will remain off site in New Lynn until later in the year, but the Upstairs Gallery will move back to the Titirangi location in March. Their first exhibition in their new space will open on March 27 (Terry Prince – Spiritual Terrain).

Lopdell House

Lopdell House

Zwapfelkuchen

From Mrs H's Kitchen

From Mrs H’s Kitchen

Zwetschgenkuchen + Apfelkuchen = … yummeeeee!

Kuri Topiary (Steve Woodward, 2007)

Kuri Topiary (Steve Woodward, 2007)

Kuri Topiary (Steve Woodward, 2007)

Steve Woodward‘s dog “Kuri Topiary” seems to have escaped into the open spaces at Hobsonville Point. Last time I saw the 3 meter high sculpture, it was garaged in Steve’s large sculpting shed.

On the way to Hobsonville Market and Hobsonville Point Wharf.

Enquiries to: Hobsonville Land Company – ph 09 2615054 or info@hlc.co.nz

Kuri is the maori word for dog, and the topiary part obviously refers to the leafy structures that were formed into the shape of a dog.

Kuri Topiary (Detail)

Kuri Topiary (Detail)

Flotilla Whau

Flotilla Whau

Flotilla Whau

Yesterday afternoon, Flotilla Whau set off from Archibald Park, Kelston, to celebrate “the Whau river as an important waterway in our own back yards”. While the weather seemed less than benign (up in our hills it was drizzle from light to heavy), when I descended to New Lynn, the sun was out, making it hot and sticky. Looks like everyone had fun.

Men Overboard!

Men Overboard!

In Unison

In Unison

Boats on Land and in the Water

Boats on Land and in the Water

Euphorbia

Euphorbia

Euphorbia

An invasive weed, leaves are a distinctive lime green – not visible in black and white. The milky sap has medicinal uses.

Silk Tree

Silk Tree

Silk Tree

Silk trees (albizia julibrissin) are popular in gardens and parks for their prolific flowers, shown over the summer months. This one attracted a bumble bee.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Palm Leaf

Washingtonia Palm Leaf

Washingtonia Palm Leaf

Backlit by the sun and inhabited by passion vine hoppers.

Summer Salad

Ingrid's Summer Salad

Ingrid’s Summer Salad

A refreshing salad is a godsend in these hot days, and this one was most inviting.

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