Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

March 31, 2016

Wayfinder Pou — Taumanu Reserve

Filed under: Onehunga,pou — paul @ 7:09 am
Wayfinder Pou --- Taumanu Reserve

Wayfinder Pou — Taumanu Reserve

This pou (carved post) stands above the still fairly new Taumanu Reserve, at the southern end of the pedestrian/cycle bridge crossing State Highway 20. The work of master carver Ted Ngataka.

Wayfinder Pou: Detail

Wayfinder Pou: Detail

March 30, 2016

Painted Boxes: Tui

Filed under: Balmoral,Birds,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:04 am
Tui

Tui

This box in Dominion Road is decorated by way of some photographic process. Showing a tui on a flowering coral tree. Tui are nectar eaters and love these flowers.

Tui

Tui

March 29, 2016

Squeezing Through

Filed under: Avondale,Colours,Design — paul @ 7:10 am
Cables

Cables

Cables at a race meeting at Avondale Racecourse.

March 28, 2016

Choppy Waters

Filed under: French Bay,Sport — paul @ 7:02 am
Kayaking

Kayaking

Kayaking at French Bay, Titirangi

March 27, 2016

Charlie

Filed under: Animals — paul @ 7:01 am
Charlie

Charlie

I was too slow to catch the Easter bunny — but Charlie our Birman cat is at least as cute…
Happy Easter to all!

March 26, 2016

Striding Out

Filed under: Black and White,Te Atatu — paul @ 7:04 am
Striding Out

Striding Out

A walk in the morning sun at Te Atatu. Auckland’s Harbour Bridge in the distance. (Fittingly, “Te Atatu” is translated as “Dawn”.)

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

March 25, 2016

At the Wharf

Filed under: Birds,Cornwallis — paul @ 7:11 am
Terns, Cornwallis Wharf

Terns, Cornwallis Wharf

A group of white fronted terns congregated at Cornwallis Wharf.

March 24, 2016

Putorino

Filed under: Music — paul @ 7:05 am
Jerome Kavanagh plays the putorino

Jerome Kavanagh plays the putorino

At the recent Pasifika Festival, Jerome Kavanagh gave a demonstration of a range of maori musical instruments (taonga puoro). I only caught the tail end of this, when he played the putorino. One way of playing the instrument is shown here: blowing across the central opening – the pitch is controlled by embouchure as well as by the hand.

Very little is known about the taonga puoro, but in recent times great efforts have been made to collect what is known, and to reconstruct the musical possibilities of the instruments.

March 23, 2016

At the Market

Filed under: Avondale,Markets — paul @ 7:07 am
Avondale Markets

Avondale Markets

There is always something to see at the Avondale Markets.

March 22, 2016

Green Bay Mural

Filed under: Green Bay,Walls — paul @ 7:09 am
Big Mural, Green Bay

Big Mural, Green Bay

Not too long ago, a new mural appeared on a concrete block wall, bringing the bush and its inhabitants right to the roadside. I don’t know who designed and painted it. A nice touch to incorporate the container behind the wall into the work. Painter: Ellen Kerssens.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photos.

Detail: Fantail

Detail: Fantail

Detail: Kiwi

Detail: Kiwi

Detail: Tui

Detail: Tui

Detail: Gecko

Detail: Gecko

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