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

July 16, 2011

Double Take

Filed under: Buildings,Ponsonby,Reflections — paul @ 7:04 am
Ford Transit Van from the Back

Ford Transit Van from the Back

After yesterday’s shot I did a double take as I walked up Ponsonby road and saw this reflection of The Ponsonby.

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

January 7, 2010

Legs, Legs, Legs …

Filed under: Insects,Reflections,Smile — paul @ 7:09 am
Crane Fly

Crane Fly

With the warmer weather, more insects come into our house. After a frenzied dance at the window, this crane fly eventually sat down, allowing me to get this double reflection in the window pane.

Crane flies (Leptotarsus sp.) may look like oversized mosquitoes, but they are harmless to people. Commonly they are known as ‘daddy longlegs’, although they share this name with a family of spiders. The paddle on a stick that is visible in the reflection next to the wing is one of the two halteres, rudimentary wings which are important for the balance while flying.

October 16, 2010

The Honeybee

Filed under: Animals,Henderson,Reflections — paul @ 7:04 am
The Honeybee

The Honeybee

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

When I returned to my car after shooting the condominium picture shown on Thursday, I found this honeybee on the roof of my car. Just as well, I had washed the car a couple of days earlier, thus getting a nice reflection in the paintwork. There was an icy cold breeze, so the poor creature was a little dazed and got blown off its perch, surprisingly finding a foothold on the windscreen. The result was a pretty double reflection (last picture below, reflecting in the top and bottom surface of the glass).

The Honeybee

The Honeybee

The Honeybee

The Honeybee

January 16, 2011

They are Back

Filed under: Black and White,Insects,Reflections — paul @ 6:55 am
Vespula Germanica

Vespula Germanica

Every summer, the wasps visit us in greater or lesser numbers, and presently the first ones have arrived. They are attracted to the timber rail of our deck where they take shavings for use in the construction of their nests. The kanuka trees nearby are hosts to scale insects producing sweet sap, another attraction for the insects.

When they fly inside the house, they will inevitably try to escape, dancing up and down the window panes – fodder for the camera, if I am fast enough to follow them. This shot was taken with flash, producing a nice double reflection.

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

July 10, 2011

Four Spined Weevil

Filed under: Black and White,Insects,Reflections,Titirangi — paul @ 7:02 am
Four Spined Weevil (Scolopterus sp.)

Four Spined Weevil (Scolopterus sp.)

Living near the bush, encounters with all kinds of creatures are common. This four spined weevil (scolopterus sp.) landed on the window and cooperated just long enough for me to take its picture. In case you wonder about four spines: there are two spines pointing left and right in addition to the two obvious ones. I always enjoy double reflections.

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