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

December 26, 2013

Painted Boxes: John and Jane Bollard

Filed under: Art,Avondale,Blockhouse Bay,History,Painted Boxes — paul @ 6:52 am
John and Jane Bollard

John and Jane Bollard

A box for Boxing Day.

This traffic control box governs the intersection of Blockhouse Bay Road and New North Road/St Jude/Crayford Streets. It shows historic portraits of John Bollard (1839/40-1915) and his wife Jane who were residents of Avondale from 1861. He was farming in the area, worked in real estate and from 1896 to 1914 was MP for Eden.

Painted by Louis and Sharon Statham.

December 22, 2013

Agapanthus

Filed under: Blockhouse Bay,Flowers — paul @ 7:02 am
Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus are viewed with some disdain by conservationists because they can become invasive. But they provide easy colour in many places (yes, even where they are not wanted…).

November 30, 2013

The Heron

Filed under: Birds,Black and White,Blockhouse Bay,Reflections — Tags: — paul @ 7:14 am
The Heron

The Heron

A white-faced heron on the prowl as the tide is turning.

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

August 4, 2013

Agave Attenuata

Filed under: Blockhouse Bay,Flowers,Plants — paul @ 7:02 am
Agave Attenuata in Bloom

Agave Attenuata in Bloom

A beautiful arch of a flowering stem of agave attenuata can be seen by the roundabout in Blockhouse Bay.

May 22, 2013

Painted Boxes: Winding Road

Filed under: Art,Blockhouse Bay,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:03 am
Painted Box by Sean McCarthy

Painted Box by Sean McCarthy

This box is in Blockhouse Bay Road, by the intersection with Miranda Street, and opposite of Glenavon School. Children – wearing Glenavon school uniform – in contemplation of their promised land, to be reached with the odd kink along the way. Painted by Sean McCarthy.

April 17, 2013

Painted Boxes: You Are Being Watched

Filed under: Art,Blockhouse Bay,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:21 am
The Eye (Sean McCarthy)

The Eye (Sean McCarthy)

This impressively sized telecommunications cabinet is on Whitney Street near the intersection with Margate Road, Blockhouse Bay. Painted by Sean McCarthy who has a lot of boxes in this area, and a great range of subjects and styles.

December 3, 2012

Tattoos at the Gypsy Fair

Filed under: Animals,Art,Birds,Black and White,Blockhouse Bay — paul @ 8:20 am
Kereru and other Birds

Kereru and other Birds

The Original Gypsy Fair, a convention of house trucks/buses, were at Craigavon Reserve on the weekend. No surprise that a fair few tattoos were on display. I specially liked these two: a NZ Wood Pigeon (kereru) in the company of fantails, and NZ’s living fossil, the tuatara in black and white.

Tuatara

Tuatara

June 1, 2012

Pied Stilt

Filed under: Birds,Blockhouse Bay,Reflections,Theme Day — paul @ 6:40 am
Pied Stilt, Blockhouse Bay

Pied Stilt, Blockhouse Bay

The tide is going out, and a light breeze ripples the water ever so gently. Closer inshore, the surface of the water is smooth. A pied stilt (himantopus himantopus) takes its deliberate strides through the water.

The City Daily Photo theme for June is “Tranquillity”. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

May 26, 2012

Tree Study

Filed under: Blockhouse Bay,Reflections — paul @ 6:43 am
Trees, Blockhouse Bay

Trees, Blockhouse Bay

The gentle undulations of the water give a painterly quality to the trees.

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

May 21, 2012

Hello!

Filed under: Birds,Blockhouse Bay,Reflections — paul @ 7:15 am
White-Faced Heron

White-Faced Heron

It might appear that this white-faced heron (egretta novaehollandiae) is studying its mirror image, but clearly it is looking for lunch below the surface of the water. (The unusual colour of the water is due to the diffuse reflection of a green hillside in bright sunlight.) Blockhouse Bay.

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