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

May 20, 2017

Black and White

Filed under: Animals,Black and White,Kaipara — paul @ 1:44 pm
Grazing in Unison

Grazing in Unison

We visited the Gibbs Farm for its impressive sculptures – but their animals are also a great attraction. (February 2017)

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

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!

February 22, 2016

Alpaca

Filed under: Animals — paul @ 7:31 am
Alpacas

Alpacas

From a visit to Waitakere Alpacas (formerly of Waitakere, but relocated to Monk Road, South Head, in 2007). Cuteness.

Alpaca

Alpaca

Alpaca

Alpaca

February 21, 2016

Painted Boxes: Horses

Filed under: Animals,Henderson,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:22 am
Horses

Horses

As you drive out Henderson Valley Road, you may well encounter riders on horseback along the way. Next to this transformer box (painted by an unnamed artist) is the Henderson Valley Bloodstock and Stables, with the Henderson Valley Pony Club close by.

Horses

Horses

Horses

Horses

June 12, 2015

Energy

Filed under: Animals,Piha — paul @ 7:59 am
Dogs at Piha Beach

Dogs at Piha Beach

Dogs playing at Piha Beach.

January 20, 2015

The Hedge

Filed under: Animals,Piha,Smile — paul @ 7:53 am
The Hedge

The Hedge

Piha’s West Coast Gallery attracts visitors with this double-faced hedge. Apart from their wide range of local arts and crafts, they are currently hosting an exhibition of paintings by Monique Endt “Summer Emotions” (until February 15).

A number of Monique’s painted utility boxes have appeared on this blog before.

West Coast Gallery

West Coast Gallery

November 30, 2014

Charlie

Filed under: Animals — paul @ 7:03 am
Charlie

Charlie

Our Birman cat Charlie in playful mode. It’s his 4th birthday today.

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

April 26, 2014

Auckland Green Gecko

Filed under: Animals,Arataki,Black and White — paul @ 7:09 am
Auckland Green Gecko

Auckland Green Gecko

Shown here in black and white – this is an Auckland Green Gecko (Naultinus elegans elegans), on display at the Arataki Visitor Centre. They are part of the native fauna of the Waitakeres, but I have yet to sight one in the wild, even though I live in the midst of kanuka trees, one of their favourite haunts.

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

March 28, 2014

Two Giraffes

Filed under: Animals,sculpture,Sky — Tags: — paul @ 7:21 am
Two Giraffes

Two Giraffes

At the Gibbs Farm. One of the giraffes is a live specimen (one of three that I saw), the other is a corrugated iron sculpture by Jeff Thomson (6x3x1 m). The picture below is of the real thing.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Giraffe

Giraffe

February 12, 2014

Two Dogs

Filed under: Animals — paul @ 7:08 am
Two Dogs

Two Dogs

Patiently waiting for their owner at New Lynn’s Merchant Quarter. In a Triumph – same colour (“almond”) as we had in the seventies.

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