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Month: March 2016 (page 2 of 4)

Fungi

Brown Fungus

Brown Fungus

There is a tree stump along Scenic Drive between the roundabout and Woodlands Park Road which must be a substrate of a fungus, sprouting its fruiting bodies from time to time. Right now it presents a particularly fine display.

Unfortunately, I have no idea of what kind of fungus it is – any suggestions welcome. Phil Bendle of the Facebook group Mushrooms of New Zealand (photography) suggested Gymnopilus junonius (Giant Flamecap).

Brown Fungus

Brown Fungus

Interactive

Dome and Entrance Way

Dome and Entrance Way

A tent and skeleton building had sprung up at Taumanu Reserve by the boat ramp last Friday: an Interactive Art Installation “Flagging Hope” from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March. The idea to express your hope(s) on a small flag which is then attached to the strings of the building – hopefully all aflutter by Sunday afternoon. Juanita had all the materials: felt pens, paints and brushes, linen flags, and even a bag of lollies for bribes…

Angie Joy, Stella, and Juanita

Angie Joy, Stella, and Juanita

Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain

Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Afternoon

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Delicate fantails (piwakawaka) made by Rose Petterson, using 3D printing techniques. There is a whole grove of them at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail in Te Atatu.

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

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

You Cannot Vote …

No Middle Way

No Middle Way

… for the middle flag! The second flag referendum will result in a binding decision between the old flag and the alternative shown to the left. Much has been said about the virtues of each of them, by people with much higher celebrity ranking than this writer, so I won’t bore you with an excited plea for one or the other. Except: VOTE!

There are three ways to return your voting paper from overseas. You can send it by post, but need to make sure the envelope is post-marked by Wednesday 23 March. You can also return it by fax or secure upload before 7.00pm Thursday 24 March (NZ time).

It’s a postal vote, and the recommendation for locals is to post it by Monday, 21 March. Take it from an experienced procrastinator: Do it NOW, if you have not done so already.

Solar Powered

Morning Essentials

Morning Essentials

The mobile coffee shop at Mr Nola’s corner (West Coast Road, Parr’s Park) gets all the help from the sun with this bright flag.

Little Boy

Western Springs

Western Springs

The fascination of the lake – at Western Springs.

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Details from a flock of kingfishers at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail. About 15cm high, mounted on kanuka poles of varying lengths, these cast glass sculptures are the work of Fiona Rennie Schwieters. Shown here on a rainy day.

Kotare is the maori name for kingfisher (halcyon sancta), and Te Atatu – the location of the Trail – is translated as “Dawn”.

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Indonesia at Pasifika 2016

Peacock Dancer

Peacock Dancer

Pasifika is a large annual festival of pacific cultures, this year again held at Western Springs last Saturday and Sunday. I had not noticed an Indonesian presence at this festival in the past, but this year they certainly did themselves proud: peacock dancers and players of angklung.

Angklung Players

Angklung Players

Peacock Dancers

Peacock Dancers

Pop Up Globe — The Bard Down Under

Pop Up Globe

Pop Up Globe

It took 35 days to erect: a replica of the second Globe Theatre in the middle of Auckland, as the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The season from mid-february to well into April, with international stars and many sold out sessions. The construction uses modern scaffolding technology, with plywood, seating up to 900.

A few pictures from a tour of the venue with Edward Bijl.

Read more about it here and here.

Onion Dome

Onion Dome

Pop Up Globe

Pop Up Globe

Our Guide

Our Guide

Pop Up Globe

Pop Up Globe

Rooftop Maintenance

Rooftop Maintenance

Traffic Lights

Traffic Lights

Traffic Lights

At the intersection of Blockhouse Bay Road and St Jude Street, Avondale.

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

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