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

June 13, 2017

Photorealistic

Filed under: Animals,Art,Avondale,Birds,People,Walls — paul @ 7:02 am
Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

Murals in Avondale by TakerOne, an Auckland based mural artist of Hungarian extraction (“TakerOne Photorealistic Graffiti”). If you follow this link you can watch a time lapse video of the creation of the camouflage girl with dog. Love it.

For more mural art, visit Oakland Daily Photo.

Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

May 28, 2017

Painted Boxes: Red-Billed Gull/Tarapunga

Filed under: Birds,Grey Lynn,Painted Boxes — paul @ 9:42 am
Red-Billed Gull/Tarapunga

Red-Billed Gull/Tarapunga

This utility box by Paul Walsh graces the intersection of Tuarangi and Great North Roads, Grey Lynn; contrasting with the brickwork of the Pocket Bar and Kitchen.

August 10, 2016

NZ Rose

Filed under: Avondale,Birds — paul @ 7:09 am
NZ Rose

NZ Rose

The birds have obviously enjoyed an apple (variety “NZ Rose”) that may have been left behind after the Avondale Markets.

June 21, 2016

The Tui at CEAC

Filed under: Art,Birds,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 8:26 am
Tui on the wall

Tui on the wall

On the mural/graffiti wall at Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson, The tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is a bird endemic to New Zealand. Equally at home in the bush and in urban/suburban parks and gardens.

Unidentified artist.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

April 28, 2016

Piwakawaka

Filed under: Birds,Waterview — paul @ 7:33 am
Piwakawaka

Piwakawaka

The fantail (piwakawaka, Rhipidura fuliginosa) is a native New Zealand bird, charming humans by inquisitive and chatty behaviour. The theory is, that they are not really interested in the humans they encounter, but rather in the insects which are chased up by human passers-by. Be that as it may, I spent some quality time with this individual at Oakley Creek, Waterview. Pity it did not open the fan of its tail feathers when it was within shot – these birds just can’t sit still.

Fantail

Fantail

April 1, 2016

Bird Track

Filed under: Birds,Karekare,Patterns,Theme Day — paul @ 7:07 am
Bird Track

Bird Track

Ripples in the sand on Karekare beach.

The City Daily Photo theme for April is “The Beauty of Simplicity”. Click here for more simplicity.

March 30, 2016

Painted Boxes: Tui

Filed under: Balmoral,Birds,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:04 am
Tui

Tui

This box in Dominion Road is decorated by way of some photographic process. Showing a tui on a flowering coral tree. Tui are nectar eaters and love these flowers.

Tui

Tui

March 25, 2016

At the Wharf

Filed under: Birds,Cornwallis — paul @ 7:11 am
Terns, Cornwallis Wharf

Terns, Cornwallis Wharf

A group of white fronted terns congregated at Cornwallis Wharf.

March 19, 2016

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Filed under: Art,Birds,Black and White,sculpture — paul @ 7:01 am
Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Delicate fantails (piwakawaka) made by Rose Petterson, using 3D printing techniques. There is a whole grove of them at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail in Te Atatu.

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

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

March 8, 2016

Godwits

Filed under: Birds,Point Chevalier — paul @ 7:09 am
Godwits

Godwits

Near Eric Armishaw Reserve, Point Chevalier. It won’t be long before these birds will migrate back to their breeding grounds in Alaska (knots go to Siberia).

While the trip of the godwits from Alaska to NZ is done along the direct non-stop route over water, the return journey has less favorable winds and requires staging points in the Yellow Sea.

Godwits and Knots

Godwits and Knots

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