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Month: December 2014 (page 1 of 3)

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape — Cornwallis

Hape

Hape

Near the Pine Avenue entrance to Cornwallis Beach stands this pou, depicting Hape (an ancestor of the local Kawerau-a-Maki tribe) and local taniwha (guardians of the Manukau Harbour).

“Te Karanga-a-Hape is the Maori name for Cornwallis. It recalls the moment when ‘upon the call of Hape’ a trap near here was sprung, ensnaring a visiting taniwha.”

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape --- Cornwallis

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape — Cornwallis

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape --- Cornwallis

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape — Cornwallis

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape --- Cornwallis

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape — Cornwallis

Roadside Flower

Flax Flower

Flax Flower

Every now and then I come across NZ flax along the roadside which has been embellished by somebody by weaving traditional Maori patterns in situ. Love it every time. Huia Road, Titirangi.

Cliffs

Cliffs

Cliffs

We are standing on the Flat Rock, Muriwai, and on top of the cliff is one of the breeding sites of the gannet colony.

Imprint

Imprint

Imprint

An imprint in black ironsand from our West Coast beaches at an installation “What lies beneath” by Ekarasa Doblanovic and Karma Barnes, in April 2013 at the Lopdell House Gallery (in New Lynn at the time).

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

Christmas Greetings!

Beach Christmas

Beach Christmas

Wishing all who see this a happy Christmas.

Picture from last year’s Christmas at the beach at Whananaki.

Getting Wet

Getting Wet

Getting Wet

Fun at the Pop Jet fountain on Takutai Square, Britomart.

And I nearly forgot: it is five years now since auckland-west first appeared, with daily pictures (and the occasional temporary absence…).

Five Years Ago - still blossoming

Five Years Ago – still blossoming

Fluffed Up

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

This white-faced heron obviously wanted to impress with his feathers all fluffed up. While the one below seems to hide his face under his armpits…

Mangere Bridge

No-faced Heron

No-faced heron

View of the Sky Tower

Victoria Park Market

Vitoria Park Market

Through the glass canopies at Victoria Park Market, with a crane for the construction site next door.

Orange

Orange

Orange

Noise barriers along State Highway 18 (here near Squadron Drive, Hobsonville): plywood panels on wooden frames, decorated in places with patterns of tyre marks designed by Helensville artist Jeff Thomson. Strong contrast with vegetation.

Orange

Orange

Orange

Orange

Table and Chairs

Ten Chairs

Ten Chairs

Ten chairs in black and white.

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

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