Auckland - West

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Month: June 2015 (page 2 of 3)

Lunchtime Discussion

Lunchtime Discussion

Lunchtime Discussion

These guys nearly forgot to unpack their lunches – just obtained from the adjacent shop – totally engrossed in their discussion. Near Grafton Bridge.

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

Matariki

Stars for Matariki

Stars for Matariki

Matariki – Māori New Year – is celebrated when the constellation of Pleiades (the Seven Sisters) rises above the horizon about June each Year. More and more embraced as an occasion with a genuine New Zealand identity. I happened across a cluster of more than seven stars, looking down instead of up as I walked across the Auckland Domain yesterday.

Various celebrations for about a month starting June 18.

Painted Boxes: Cambridge Clothing (Jeremy Shirley)

Painted Boxes: Cambridge Clothing (Jeremy Shirley)

Painted Boxes: Cambridge Clothing (Jeremy Shirley)

The corner of Clark Street and Great North Road in New Lynn is occupied by the Cambridge Clothing Company, an old established manufacturer. In their own words: “We believe in the right of every man to look good in clothes that fit, that flatter, that last.
That’s been our driving force since 1867. By the end of the nineteenth century we’d mastered the art of making clothes well, turning settlers into gentlemen without the Savile Row price tag
.”

The boxes on the lawn have been painted by Jeremy Shirley, with a theme that I am tempted to call “Pacific City”, icons of Pacific and urban life, but also containing a nod to the manufacturing heritage with needle, thread, and button.

Painted Boxes: Cambridge Clothing (Jeremy Shirley)

Painted Boxes: Cambridge Clothing (Jeremy Shirley)

The Puddle

Red Billed Gull

Red Billed Gull

A red billed gull taking a sip.

Bright Colours in Onehunga

Bright Colours in Onehunga

Bright Colours in Onehunga

This mural graces a wall at the back of the Onehunga Library. It is accompanied by a large explanatory panel (in the same colours), describing it as reflecting “the cultural diversity and growth within the Onehunga district”. Project artists: Charlotte Graham, Nanette Lela’ulu, Manu Scott; assisted by students from the local community.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Bright Colours in Onehunga

Bright Colours in Onehunga

Spring Onions

Spring Onions

Spring Onions

At the Avondale Markets.

Two Ducks on the Water …

Saturday, 4:42pm at French Bay

Saturday, 4:42pm at French Bay

… two girls by the water, and one car in the water. A sad story unfolded since Friday afternoon, when this car was driven onto the soft mudflats of French Bay, and did not make it out when the tide came in. The second picture shows the situation on early Saturday afternoon, more or less at low tide, when the tide had flooded the car twice already. There are only 26 minutes between the top picture and the one at the bottom – showing how rapidly the water rises.

In the course of Saturday afternoon, a second car tried to help the first car out, unfortunately also striking difficulties. That second car was able to be towed to dry land, but not without getting wet. And another night submerged in the water for the first car…

If there is a lesson, it is that driving on sand is dicy enough, driving onto mudflats — well just don’t even think about it!

I have reported on a similar event at Armour Bay five years ago.

Saturday, 1:41 p.m.

Saturday, 1:41 p.m.

Two Ducks, Saturday 5:08 p.m.

Two Ducks, Saturday 5:08 p.m.

Need a Scratch

Pied Shag

Pied Shag

Pied shag (karuhiruhi, Phalacrocorax varius) on a rock at Western Springs.

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

Energy

Dogs at Piha Beach

Dogs at Piha Beach

Dogs playing at Piha Beach.

Raceday

The Birdcage

The Birdcage

Yesterday was another midweek race day at the Avondale Jockey Club. I had the good fortune to be invited up to the President’s Lounge by a committee member (thank you Vince!), where one gets a splendid bird’s eye view of proceedings, both front and back – here the ‘birdcage’. Most of the jockeys are in the saddle, and in a moment they will be guided onto the track.

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