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

December 5, 2014

Yellow Pohutukawa

Filed under: Flowers,Kelston,Seasons,Trees — paul @ 7:01 am
Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

Much less common and not quite as conspicuous as our red pohutukawa is the yellow variety (metrosideros excelsa aura). This fine specimen in full bloom is at the corner of West Coast and Clayburn Roads, Kelston.

(I showed the same tree four years ago.)

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

September 4, 2014

Orchid

Filed under: Flowers,Kelston — paul @ 6:58 am
Orchid Norito Hasegawa

Orchid Norito Hasegawa

When driving between Henderson and New Lynn last weekend, I noticed that the Kelston Orchid Show was in full swing. Had to stop. This is a paphiopedilum Norito Hasegawa.

Entry to the Waitakere Orchid Club Spring Show was free thanks to support from the Henderson-Massey Local Board.

May 6, 2014

Whau River

Filed under: Avondale,Clouds,Kelston — paul @ 7:23 am
Whau River

Whau River

The Whau River with interesting patterns of surface ripples, seen from Archibald Park, Kelston. Dominated by puffy white clouds (and a generous sprinkle of pylons).

February 23, 2014

Flotilla Whau

Filed under: Avondale,Festivals,Kelston,New Lynn — paul @ 6:58 am
Flotilla Whau

Flotilla Whau

Yesterday afternoon, Flotilla Whau set off from Archibald Park, Kelston, to celebrate “the Whau river as an important waterway in our own back yards”. While the weather seemed less than benign (up in our hills it was drizzle from light to heavy), when I descended to New Lynn, the sun was out, making it hot and sticky. Looks like everyone had fun.

Men Overboard!

Men Overboard!

In Unison

In Unison

Boats on Land and in the Water

Boats on Land and in the Water

August 1, 2012

Littered with Numbers

Filed under: Kelston,Mathematics,New Lynn,Sport,Theme Day — paul @ 6:01 am
Numbers and Puddles: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Numbers and Puddles: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

The City Daily Photo theme for July is “Numbers”. Check Facebook for other participants. Or click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

The Ken Maunder Park Footbridge connects Kelston and New Lynn, crossing a tidal estuary that is a tributary to the Whau river. This is a relatively new replacement of an older bridge, and I had not visited it until a couple of weeks ago. The pavement is littered with numbers — just what I needed for August Theme Day!

I found it intriguing that a wavy pattern emerges on the surface if one is at some distance, but this is not noticeable when one looks up close.

There is an interesting Flickr page about the background of the design, I reproduce the words of the designers (The Letter Q):

The brief for the project stipulated that’s the sports from local playing fields and clubs be expressed in the work.

The starting point was to look at the various scores from the club points tables and the fields of numbers which express and measure sporting performance.

Numerals were then used to generate a sequence of running shapes. The sequence shows several phases of movement on one surface and can be followed from one end of the bridge to the other.

The sequence takes inspiration from early photographic studies capturing the structure of bodily motion.

The material used for the surface is a ‘bendable concrete’ called Flexus™, and they have some more documentation regarding the bridge on their website.

Some history of the Ken Maunder Park by Phil Hanson can be found on the Timespanner’s blog.

Littered with Numbers: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Littered with Numbers: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Wavy Patterns: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Wavy Patterns: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

July 19, 2011

A Hubbub of Hubcaps

Filed under: Cars,Kelston,Smile — paul @ 7:09 am
A proud Collection

A proud Collection

This collection may well have had modest beginnings as the one shown yesterday. But it has grown …

I found these decorative fences in Sabulite Road, Kelston.

A proud Collection

A proud Collection

June 29, 2011

Painted Boxes: Pacific Patterns

Filed under: Art,Kelston,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:25 am
Pacific Patterns

Pacific Patterns

This transformer box stands in Daphne Street, Kelston, and is covered in patterns of the Pacific. Painter unknown (to me).

June 15, 2011

Painted Boxes: Children’s Scenes (Dan Mills)

Filed under: Art,Kelston,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:16 am
Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

This transformer is in Archibald Road, Kelston, outside of Kelston Primary School, by Dan Mills. There is also a large mural by Dan Mills at a nearby wall of the school, but it is currently obstructed by a temporary classroom.

Other public art by Dan Mills on this blog, click here.

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

May 27, 2011

Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

Filed under: Art,Kaurilands,Kelston,Sky — paul @ 7:12 am
Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

In St Leonards Road Kelston and also in the Kaurilands/Atkinson Roads area, “sculptural gateways” like the ones shown here are found along the roadside. They are the work of Toby Twiss, and the “Town Centre Art” page of the former Waitakere City has this to say:

Artist Toby Twiss was brought in to work with students from the six Kelston schools, to produce a series of sculptural ‘gateways’ into the area. These gateways depict images created by the students relating to speed and road safety. The idea behind these artworks was to help slow traffic down by putting up symbols related to speed and reminding drivers that there are children in the area. They were also conceived as a way of building pride in the area through a community arts project.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Children About! (Toby Twiss)

Children About! (Toby Twiss)

December 2, 2010

Yellow Pohutukawa

Filed under: Flowers,Kelston,Trees — paul @ 7:09 am
Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

This is the uncommon yellow counterpart to the showy red pohutukawa (metrosideros excelsa) that is starting to flower everywhere (shown in the post of November 30). The yellow variety (metrosideros excelsa aurea) was first discovered on Motiti Island (near Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty) in 1940, but is now more widespread and available in plant centres. The tree shown here is on West Coast Road, Kelston, at the corner with Clayburn Road.

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

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