Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: August 2014 (page 1 of 4)

Chi Gung on the Rooftop

Chi Gung on the Rooftop

Chi Gung on the Rooftop

Quintin Derham has free lunchtime Tai Chi sessions on the rooftop of Lopdell House (Friday, 12:30 to 1pm, weather permitting). The best view and expert guidance. Here a “breath of the heart“.

Bubbles

Cuckoo Spit

Cuckoo Spit

As spring is approaching, I notice again the appearance of “cuckoo spit” on some of our plants (in particular the leaves of a ngaio bush). The frothy lather is the work of the nymphs of froghoppers. Several years ago I decided to have a closer look, using reversed lenses. In this picture we look onto a nymph (a few millimetres long) and the bubbles it created around itself (to retain moisture and to protect against predators). In the last picture one sees the proboscis, used to extract copious quantities of sap from the leaf below; the sap is then pumped out at the other end in the form of bubbles. Fascinating to watch if you make time for it.

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

Cuckoo Spit

Cuckoo Spit

Spittlebug Nymph

Spittlebug Nymph

Kite Flying

Kite, Cornwallis Beach

Kite, Cornwallis Beach

Kids exploring in three dimensions. Cornwallis Beach.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Winter Tree

Winter Tree

Winter Tree

Oak trees at Waterview, last light of the day.

A Game of Chess?

Chess Set, The Cloud, Queens Wharf

Chess Set, The Cloud, Queens Wharf

The Cloud on Queens Wharf was a (relative) haven of peace when we went to check out the “Street Eats” at Shed 10 last Saturday. Unfortunately, the places where the action (and the food) was, were hopelessly overcrowded – so we departed after a brief nosey.

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

The tide was going out when we visited Cornwallis on Sunday. Kingfishers (kĊtare, Halcyon sancta) find themselves a perch on a rock, scanning the beach for any movement. With great accuracy they dart forth to pick up crabs and similar delicacies.

Ordering Chips?

Fishing

Fishing

He has caught his fish, now all that’s needed is an order of hot chips…

Cornwallis Wharf.

Arrows

Arrows

Arrows

Where are the slings? Great North Road, New Lynn.

13 Bottles

13 Blue Bottles (Richard Naylor)

13 Blue Bottles (Richard Naylor)

Black and white version of ceramic artist Richard Naylor‘s creation “13 Blue Bottles” which he showed at the Auckland Studio Potters last November.

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

Behind the Fence

Titirangi Golf Course

Titirangi Golf Course

This fence separates Godley Road from Titirangi Golf Course.

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