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

April 4, 2013

A Helping Hand

Filed under: Not even NZ,Theme Day — paul @ 2:59 pm
Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak, Bali

Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak, Bali

On my early morning stroll through Seminyak, I noticed the old woman talking across the road to a young person. It appeared that she was not confident enough to cross the road teaming with motorcycles of people going to work. So the girl went over and guided the woman safely to the other side.

The City Daily Photo theme for April is “Pedestrians Crossing”. Click here to see more contributions to the theme.

March 2, 2013

Three Times Cafe Beaubourg

Filed under: Mathematics,Not even NZ,Physics,Theme Day — paul @ 7:19 am
Morning after?

Morning after?

The City Daily Photo theme for March is “Cafe Chairs”. In addition to yesterday’s Auckland shot, these images hark back to an all too brief visit to Paris last year.

All three photos were taken on early morning sorties, and only later did I realise that obviously I had a bias for the furniture (and people) at the Cafe Beaubourg in the Rue Saint Merri, next to the Centre Pompidou. As I searched the web, I found that this is also the home of the Café Beaubourg Institute of Mathematical Physics. It is probably a fair assumption that the institute was not in session at those times.

From their website:

The Café Beaubourg Institute of Mathematical Physics promotes the advancement of our understanding of the Physical World.

Intellectual rigor, freedom of thought, and humanity are among the most respected values of the Institute.

By “Physical World” we understand the current subjects of Physics, but also human history, psychology, economy, sociology and geopolitics. We like Quantum Mechanics, but adopt a “wait and see” attitude. We like Big-Bang theory of the universe, but believe that there are infinitely many more layers in the physical Universe that our current models integrate. We perceive Mathematics as an (unavoidable) extension of the human natural language.

Better than in the “office” ambiance of present-day university laboratories, we prefer to engage scientific discussions in the warm atmosphere of a Parisian Café, our main headquarters being at Café Beaubourg.

Early Customer

Early Customer

Morning Stroll

Morning Stroll

December 31, 2012

End of Year

Filed under: Not even NZ,Seasons — paul @ 6:58 am
Bubbles

Bubbles

Time to reflect on the year gone by, and to toast the old and the new. These bubbles are being poured by Mrs H’s cousin Hermann at the Weingut Pleitz Rotenfelser Hof in Traisen. Great welcome, great wines, great people.

October 3, 2012

Another Angel

Filed under: Art,Not even NZ,People,Smile — paul @ 6:41 am
Angel on Big Wave Beach, Hong Kong

Angel on Big Wave Beach, Hong Kong

Continuing the “angelic” theme from Saturday, this angel graced the beach at Big Wave Bay, near Shek O, in the east of Hong Kong Island.

October 2, 2012

Braubach

Filed under: Buildings,Not even NZ — paul @ 6:48 am
Marktplatz Braubach

Marktplatz Braubach

Following on from yesterday’s shots of silhouettes in Braubach, here a few shots of the charming place. We had taken a detour on our trip from Marburg to Ladenburg, to enjoy the romantic stretch of the Rhine between Koblenz and Bingen. Braubach was the first place where we hit the Rhine, and it was lunchtime. Under sun umbrellas on the Marktplatz, we enjoyed a fine meal with “Pfifferlinge” (chanterelles). Then followed a stroll through the village and the ascent of the hill which is topped by the Marksburg.

View from the Marksburg (Rhine and Braubach)

View from the Marksburg (Rhine and Braubach)

The Marksburg

The Marksburg

October 1, 2012

Silhouettes

Filed under: Not even NZ,Theme Day — paul @ 6:29 am
Rooster Lane, Braubach

Rooster Lane, Braubach

The theme for October of the City Daily Photo community is “Silhouette”. Click here (or at the Facebook group page) for contributions of other participants.

I took these two shots in close proximity to each other in a place called Braubach on the Rhine, a few weeks ago. They are my contribution to the theme.

Keeping the Birds at Bay

Keeping the Birds at Bay

September 30, 2012

Mid-Autumn in Hong Kong

Filed under: Not even NZ,Patterns,Reflections — paul @ 7:10 am
Floating

Floating

On a walk along Electric Road, I passed the City Garden, where ornaments for the coming Mid Autumn Festival )the festival of moon cakes) were floating on the pond. What caught my eye more, were the fascinating reflection patterns of the rectangular grid of windows of the City Garden Hotel opposite.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

Reflections

Reflections

Reflections

Reflections

September 29, 2012

The Angel

Filed under: Black and White,Not even NZ,Shadows — Tags: — paul @ 6:45 am
Angel at Notre Dame de Paris

Angel at Notre Dame de Paris

When I entered the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, this was the first impression. Of course there is more than black and white in that wonder of gothic architecture.

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

Angel at Notre Dame de Paris

Angel at Notre Dame de Paris

September 23, 2012

Schwetzingen

Filed under: Buildings,Not even NZ,Reflections,Trees — paul @ 7:32 am
Imposing Order over Nature

Imposing Order over Nature

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

Our generous hosts in Ladenburg, Christine and Hannes, took us to the Schlossgarten in Schwenningen. An extensive park, inspired as it seems by the gardens of Versailles. Apart from the sharply trimmed alleys of trees and geometric layouts in the French style, there are also more natural “English” gardens. The palace was the summer residence of the Palatine Electors, the gardens created between 1743 and 1778 under Prince Elector Carl Theodor who employed well-renowned gardeners for the project.

Our wonderful hosts: Christine and Hannes (Mrs H at left)

Our wonderful hosts: Christine and Hannes (Mrs H at left)

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Parterre de Broderie, Schwetzingen

Parterre de Broderie, Schwetzingen

September 22, 2012

Making Waves

Filed under: Black and White,Not even NZ — Tags: — paul @ 6:58 am
Wave Generator

Wave Generator

At a private “Baggersee” near Lahr.

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

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