Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: September 2015 (Page 2 of 3)

The Race Book

The Racegoer

The Racegoer

This fellow was happy to let me take the picture, but apart from this brief glance toward the camera preferred to bury himself in the study of form.

At yesterday’s charity races for the NZ Spinal Trust at Avondale Racecourse.…

New Lynn Night Market

Smiles from John, Momo, and their orchids

Smiles from John, Momo, and their orchids

After a two months’ winter break, the New Lynn Night Market (every Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm at the Community Centre) started up again at the beginning of September. When I was there last night, I thought that the number of stalls was smaller than last season – but there was an impressive variety nonetheless.…

The Waterfall

Kids, don't try this at home...

Kids, don’t try this at home…

Auckland has its own ‘urban waterfall’: a 6 metre drop at Oakley Creek, Waterview (access it from Great North Road opposite Oakley Ave). When I went there a couple of days ago, I was treated not only to a generous flow of water after the rain, but also half a dozen youths frolicking in the chilly waters as if summer had broken out…

(The sign in the background warns “No jumping to diving.…

Georgia

Georgia

Georgia

We had arranged to meet at 11 am at the Avondale Racecourse – not her usual haunt. Georgia is a communications student at AUT University, majoring in journalism. In a few weeks’ time she will graduate. And recently she worked as an intern at our local rag, the Western Leader, where her byline appeared in a number of articles, providing practical insight into her future profession.…

The Big Puddle

Murals

Murals

Next to the big Avondale Spider is an empty space: concrete slabs, grass and litter, with water standing after the rain (“the old Three Guys Site”). The retaining walls beside that lot attract some fine graffiti talent. Their work enhanced by the reflection in the puddle and the afternoon sun.…

Ahmed

Ahmed

Ahmed

A bright sparkle in his eyes and very friendly. At Avondale Fisheries – Ahmed is not a man of many words.…

A Book Launch

Edith and Patricia

Edith and Patricia

“Tiberius the Titirangi Mouse has more adventures”

We have encountered this cute creature before – and now author Patricia Ross and artist Edith Diggle have produced a sequel, much to the acclaim of the school class from Titirangi Primary School who came down to the library for this occasion.…

Magnolias

Magnolia

Magnolia

Our good friend Ida brought a basket full of the finest magnolias from her garden. They have opened up, revealing beautiful detail of the flowers. Thanks a bunch, Ida!

Magnolia

Magnolia

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