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Month: April 2015 (page 1 of 3)

If I Had a Hammer

Take your pick

Take your pick

There was a good selection of hammers at the Avondale Markets, and it would seem that they had been hammering from morning to evening all over the land in their previous lives. A few hours later the choice was much more limited.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

A couple of flowers I ‘picked up’ on a walk the other day.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

How Convenient! #10

Te Henga Dune Convenience

Te Henga Dune Convenience

Suppose you are in the middle of nowhere on a sand dune like the one shown in yesterday’s post. And suppose nature calls. Then you will be relieved to find this place (just to the right of where the second image yesterday was taken). And look how lovingly it has been decorated with art and poetry, to provide a fulsome experience.

By Trude Bethell:

Sing me a song of the wind
breathe me the fresh Tasman sea air
grant me my wish dear
while I am at peace within

Our beautiful Te Henga
sensing, holding, being,
grand and strong as you are
Family Community United
We stand in awe with feet in
your Sands

And by Bobby:

Stop a while to pause and see,
Be still within,
breathe deep and
smile.

(More Monday Murals at Oakland Daily Photo.}

Te Henga Sunset with Dune and Eel

Te Henga Sunset with Dune and Eel

Dunescape

Dunescape

Dunescape

Lake Wainamu lies just inland from Te Henga (Bethells Beach). A lovely little lake whose dominating feature is the giant sand dune of black sand. We took about an hour for the walk around the lake on a fine Saturday afternoon.

Self Portrait with Lake Wainamu

Self Portrait with Lake Wainamu

Sunday Stroll

On the Boardwalk

On the Boardwalk

Walking back to Westhaven on the new boardwalk.

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

ANZAC Day — Gallipoli 100

Popy Wall --- Gallipoli 100

Popy Wall — Gallipoli 100

April 25 is Anzac Day, a day of commemoration in Australia and New Zealand. On this day in 1915, the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (together with other troops) landed at Gallipoli (Turkey), the beginning of a disastrous campaign with huge loss of lives.

The Poppy Wall shown here was assembled when the Cunard Liner “Queen Elizabeth” was in port at Auckland on February 27 this year. Her world cruise lead past Gallipoli Peninsula last night, April 24, and a commemorative service was scheduled aboard the ship, this Poppy Wall forming the centrepiece of the occasion.

While the scope of the Anzac Day Commemorations has widened over the years to include the memory of all fallen in armed conflict (and honouring those who returned), this year the events of Gallipoli and World War I are much more in the foreground.

The poppy has become very much a symbol of commemoration, see earlier posts.

(You can find the position of the Queen Elizabeth here.)

Poppies for the Display

Poppies for the Display

Hats

Hats on Heads

Hats on Heads

On a brilliant morning at last Sunday’s Avondale Sunday Market.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

They chose to sit down on the footpath outside the construction fence to have their break. Tolerant smiles when I asked if I could take a picture.

On Top of Panatahi Island

Panatahi Island, Karekare

Panatahi Island, Karekare

We went for a little walk along Karekare beach yesterday, mild with a mellow sun and plenty of sea haze. Panatahi Island is a rocky outcrop about 170m high, accessible at low tide. When we were there (about halfway towards low tide), this fellow stood right up there, enjoying the view.

Moonlight Cat (Erin Forsyth, 2014)

Moonlight Cat (Erin Forsyth, 2014)

Moonlight Cat (Erin Forsyth, 2014)

Seen in Mercury Lane, Auckland Central, opposite Cross Street.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

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