Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: May 2015 (page 1 of 4)

Westhaven

Westhaven and Harbour Bridge

Westhaven and Harbour Bridge

According to wikipedia, Auckland Council’s Westhaven Marina is the largest yacht marina in the southern hemisphere, with about 2000 berths and moorings. Here is a small fraction of the many masts, with the Harbour Bridge as backdrop.

Spirula

Ram's Horn

Ram’s Horn

Spirula is a deep-water cephalopod. Its internal shell, known as ram’s horn shell, is a buoyancy organ of this mollusc, made up of numerous chambers. These pretty spiral shells are extremely lightweight, and Lots of them are found along our beaches (here on the black sand at Piha).

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

Nightfall

The Cloud

The Cloud

A big cloud towers over the Manukau Harbour, catching the last light of the setting sun. As the Low disappeared in the east, a chilly night ensued, followed by a crisp but sunny day. French Bay.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

They have to be ranked as one of the most cheerful flowers, splashing orange colour about with abandon. Of course, they are also classed as ‘environmentally damaging’ (a weed by any other name). To be enjoyed.

Titirangi Road.

More Distress

Watch This Space

Watch This Space

In keeping with Alan of alonymous (“the more distressed the better”), here is what looks like a well-cultivated distressed look, undergoing a makeover. The canopy still identifies it as “The Time Machine”, but their Facebook page says farewell and thanks to customers from April 1. The newspapers are barely a couple of weeks old, you may recognise Jeb B’s likeness.

I remember an earlier incarnation of this place under the name of “Olivia’s Boutique” and “ERA Boutique” about five years ago (below, with a youthful selfie).

Olivia's Boutique

Olivia’s Boutique

Hine (Owen Dippie, 2015)

Hine (Owen Dippie, 2015)

Hine (Owen Dippie, 2015)

A recent work by Owen Dippie, created during the All Fresco weekend of the Karangahape Business Association. Showing the head of a woman (hine = girl, woman in Māori) with traditional tā moko, the Māori chin tattoo. Modelled on a family friend, Tania Cotter. Be sure to watch the video clip by Māori TV of the unveiling. (Not sure if it is available outside NZ.)

The mural is in Upper Queen Street, three storeys high, overlooking the motorway, next to the bridge.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Two more of Owen Dippie’s Auckland murals here and here.

From a Bush Walk

Parataniwha and Fern Fronds

Parataniwha and Fern Fronds

Looking down on lush growth of parataniwha and some golden-brown dead fern fronds along the way. (With a bonus puriri flower.)

Alonymous

Alan Robertson

Alan Robertson

Meet Alan who runs a gallery called “alonymous“, exhibiting his lifelong photography in Grey Lynn at 598 Great North Road. A great range of subjects from many places, digital prints $10 in size A3 – would have to be the bargain of the year. It’s a colourful neighbourhood, framed by a sushi shop at the left and a bric-a-brac (“Jo’s Stall”) on the right, all in the same building. A pragmatic fit-out concentrates the eye on the cradles of prints.

I noticed the distressed door leading from the back of the showroom to his private quarters, and he explained that it was a souvenir from a previous home around the corner (“the more distressed the better” – showing me some fine black and white prints of Irish houses in various states of repair). As I was about to leave, he caught sight of a bit of fluff on the rug – “we like it tidy – must get the Hoover”. A relic of yesteryear in perfect working order and in perfect harmony with the environment. Nice meeting you, Alan, the slower pace suits you!

Distressed

Distressed

"We like it tidy"

“We like it tidy”

Behind the Fence

Behind the Fence

Behind the Fence

The wire fence casts shadows on the fan of New Zealand flax behind.

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

POP Plinths

Three Tongan Creatives

Three Tongan Creatives

I was near the top of Ponsonby Road yesterday, when I spotted the plinths and performers (as well as some Council staffers as well as Ali Ikram from TV3’s “Campbell Live”). Auckland Council and Waitemata Local Board are keeping the population amused (some more and some less so) with a bit of POP Foolery. This is POP Project 13: “An installation of plinths will invite you to be a living sculpture in your own neighbourhood. Strike a pose, burst into song, stand on one leg, and take your rightful place.

Apart from #popplinths there is also #poppercussion #wordpop #poppingpong #popfoolery . Enjoy while it lasts. Locations vary. The idea seems to be to engage the community in unexpected fun in unexpected places.

Watch video of Campbell Live about POP. Or check them out on Facebook.

There were not many people about when I came past the action yesterday. But you can see that every man and their dog participated in the frolicking.

20 POP Plinths

20 POP Plinths

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