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Month: September 2014 (page 1 of 3)

Kowhai in Flower

Kowhai Tree in Flower

Kowhai Tree in Flower

Kowhai (sophora sp.) is a NZ native tree which comes out with an abundance of bright yellow flowers in spring – much to the delight of us all, including nectar eating birds such as tui.

Atkinson Road, Titirangi.

Market Colours

Market Day at the Silo Park

Market Day at the Silo Park

A joyful display of colour on a market day at the Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter. Seen from the gantry.

Swallows

Kingfisher, Cornwallis Wharf

Kingfisher, Cornwallis Wharf

Hmmm, a kingfisher, really — but swallow he does!

And now for a swallow: welcome!

Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

Henderson Creek

Henderson Creek

Henderson Creek

A still morning, tide is in.

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

For more reflection shots please visit James’ “Weekend Reflections“.

Manawa Wetlands

Manawa Wetlands, New Lynn

Manawa Wetlands, New Lynn

The Manawa Wetlands in Margan Avenue, New Lynn, is a “constructed wetlands”. It captures the stormwater runoff, and through natural filtration holds back some of the contaminants, allowing cleaner water to flow off into the Rewarewa and Manawa streams and from there into the sea.

On this visit, the yellow kowhai trees were in fine flower; ducks, mainly mallard, were also around, as was one male Paradise Shelduck.

My picture in April (captioned Manawa Wet(?)lands) showed a rather sad and dry pond. Meanwhile we had plenty of rain …

Paradise Shelduck

Paradise Shelduck

Manawa Wetlands, New Lynn

Manawa Wetlands, New Lynn

Frameless

Fitting the Glass Canopy

Fitting the Glass Canopy

The guys from Metro Glass installed (most of) the glass canopy above the entrance to the new extension of Lopdell House Gallery (to be known as Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery). A delicate job of heavy lifting, done expertly and without a hitch (at least while I was supervising).

The opening of the new gallery will be on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Fitting the Glass Canopy

Fitting the Glass Canopy

Almost in Place

Almost in Place

Hands

Hands

Frameless Van

Frameless Van

Fisher and Fish

Kingfisher and Catch

Kingfisher and Catch

This fellow had more luck than the fisherman yesterday. Kingfisher at Cornwallis Wharf.

Fishing

Paraphernalia

Paraphernalia

At Cornwallis wharf, a display of equipment. Strictly as a spectator on my part.

Entelea Arborescens – Whau

Whau

Whau

A shrub, often planted at roadsides, quintessentially green. More whau pictures here.

Peace Day

International Peace Day, Titirangi

International Peace Day, Titirangi

September 21 is International Day of Peace, declared in 1981 by the UN General Assembly. This year’s theme is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”. (The proclamation and celebration is the easy part).

Titirangi celebrates with a display of “Peace Poppies” in the colours of the rainbow. To the best of my knowledge, these poppies (in red) made their first appearance in an installation by Cristina Beth for Anzac Day 2013, repeated and expanded 2014, and now incorporated into a message for Peace Day, again on the Titirangi roundabout.

International Peace Day, Titirangi

International Peace Day, Titirangi

International Peace Day, Titirangi

International Peace Day, Titirangi

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