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

April 28, 2015

How Convenient! #10

Filed under: Art,Bethells Beach,Convenience,Walls — paul @ 7:05 am
Te Henga Dune Convenience

Te Henga Dune Convenience

Suppose you are in the middle of nowhere on a sand dune like the one shown in yesterday’s post. And suppose nature calls. Then you will be relieved to find this place (just to the right of where the second image yesterday was taken). And look how lovingly it has been decorated with art and poetry, to provide a fulsome experience.

By Trude Bethell:

Sing me a song of the wind
breathe me the fresh Tasman sea air
grant me my wish dear
while I am at peace within

Our beautiful Te Henga
sensing, holding, being,
grand and strong as you are
Family Community United
We stand in awe with feet in
your Sands

And by Bobby:

Stop a while to pause and see,
Be still within,
breathe deep and
smile.

(More Monday Murals at Oakland Daily Photo.}

Te Henga Sunset with Dune and Eel

Te Henga Sunset with Dune and Eel

April 27, 2015

Dunescape

Filed under: Bethells Beach — Tags: — paul @ 7:10 am
Dunescape

Dunescape

Lake Wainamu lies just inland from Te Henga (Bethells Beach). A lovely little lake whose dominating feature is the giant sand dune of black sand. We took about an hour for the walk around the lake on a fine Saturday afternoon.

Self Portrait with Lake Wainamu

Self Portrait with Lake Wainamu

April 8, 2014

Fishing from the Rocks

Filed under: Bethells Beach — paul @ 7:08 am
Rock Fishing, O'Neill Bay

Rock Fishing, O’Neill Bay

O’Neill Bay is just north of Bethells Beach (Te Henga), marked by rugged rock formations (conglomerate). Beyond this outcrop lies the Tasman Sea and maybe a fish or two?

February 5, 2014

V Phalacrocoraces

Filed under: Bethells Beach,Birds — paul @ 8:25 am
Five Pied Shags

Five Pied Shags

In fluent Latin I present to you a group of five pied shags (pied cormorants in Australia), beaks pointing straight forward, eyes firmly looking sideways, as I moved closer to the end of O’Neills Bay on our Auckland West Coast.

Phalacrocorax varius is the latin name of the species, and if you google the plural of the word, you find that Pliny the Elder (AD23-79) wrote about them in his Natural History (and in Latin, he was fluent, I am not).

February 1, 2014

Self Portrait with Rippling Waters

Filed under: Bethells Beach,Black and White,Shadows,Waitakere Ranges — Tags: — paul @ 7:21 am
Crossing a Stream

Crossing a Stream

Crossing the shallow Waitakere Stream at Te Henga (Bethells Beach) in brilliant afternoon sun.

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

View my growing list of selfies.

July 18, 2012

The Ostrich

Filed under: Bethells Beach,Birds — paul @ 7:11 am
The Ostrich

The Ostrich

On the way to Bethells Beach.

April 23, 2012

Young Growth

Filed under: Bethells Beach,Patterns,Plants — paul @ 8:47 am
Nikau Leaf Unfurling

Nikau Leaf Unfurling

On a recent outing to Forest and Birds’ Matuku Reserve above the Bethells wetlands, I noticed this beautiful colour in amongst the predominantly brown/grey and dark green tones: The young shoots of the Nikau palm (rhopalostylis sapida) start out as tightly packed spikes which then open out gradually, harmonica style, revealing these unexpected hues.

August 7, 2010

Te Henga Wetlands

Filed under: Bethells Beach,Reflections — paul @ 7:38 am
Te Henga Wetlands

Te Henga Wetlands

I stopped on my way back from Bethells Beach, to have a look at the expansive wetlands in the lower Te Henga valley. It is winter, and the reeds are showing their seasonal (dis)coloration. We are looking towards the west, behind the ridge is O’Neill Bay.

This is a haven for water fowl: various kinds of ducks, swans, pukeko, etc.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

August 2, 2010

Looking at You

Filed under: Animals,Bethells Beach — paul @ 7:56 am
Looking at You

Looking at You

We met at Te Aute Ridge Road, Bethells Beach, on a cold morning and we were both glad to be wearing our woolly jumpers.

July 21, 2010

Painted Boxes: Kelp and Snapper

Filed under: Art,Bethells Beach,Fish,Painted Boxes — paul @ 8:14 am
Painted Boxes: Kelp and Snapper

Painted Boxes: Kelp and Snapper

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This transformer is at Bethells Beach, on Auckland’s West Coast. Painted by an unidentified artist, it depicts kelp and snapper – appropriate for the coastal location.