Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: September 2014 (Page 2 of 3)

Evening at Waterview

Evening at Waterview

Evening at Waterview

The sun is about to set behind one of the massive pillars that have sprouted around the Waterview end of State Highway 20 (where the tunnel will break onto the surface any day now). For the connection with State Highway 16, numerous on and off ramps have to be constructed.…

Karo

Karo

Karo

Karo (Pittosporum crassifolium) is a shrub or tree with leathery leaves. Presently flowering in the Waitakere Ranges.…

Library Lane #2

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

We showed the graphic art in the narrow Library Lane, Glen Eden, in an earlier post. The opposite walls are decorated with sculptures indicating cabbage trees, ferns and nikau palms, all common throughout the Waitakere Ranges. (Artist unknown)

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

Kotuku

Kotuku (White Heron)

Kotuku (White Heron)

White Heron (Kotuku, Egretta alba modesta), seen yesterday at Wattle Farm Reserve, Wattle Downs, Auckland. This was the first time I have seen one of these not very common birds at Wattle Downs, although I had heard of sightings there in the past.…

Driving Wheels

Enduring Rust

Enduring Rust

At the top end of Wynyard Wharf one finds a giant axle connecting two giant cogwheels – eight tons apiece – relics from a steam dredge “Whakarire” where they transmitted the power to the bucket chain. The vessel was built in Scotland in 1903 for service in Wellington Harbour until 1934, and thereafter in Napier until 1974, at which time she was scrapped (in Auckland).…

Todd Triangle

Todd Triangle, New Lynn

Todd Triangle, New Lynn

Afternoon sun casts long shadows over the Todd Triangle in New Lynn, highlighting Peter Lange‘s brick sculptures. Also visible: the Merchant Quarter apartment block and some traffic lights. New Lynn has the dubious distinction of having the highest density of traffic lights in the universe: 20 sets of traffic lights over a rather small area, with one more to come in the foreseeable future.…

Pomaderris Kumeraho

Pomaderris Kumeraho

Pomaderris Kumeraho

KÅ«marahou (Pomaderris kumeraho) is one of the harbingers of spring along the roadsides of the Waitakeres. Starting out as the palest yellow blush when in bud, the colour intensifies as the flowers open.

The plants are shrubs or small trees.…

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