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

September 22, 2015

Kowhai

Filed under: Flowers,Titirangi,Trees — paul @ 7:36 am
Kowhai

Kowhai

One of my favourite kowhai trees is in full bloom, and I captured it in the light of the afternoon sun with a dark sky as backdrop. Atkinson Road, Titirangi.

September 18, 2015

New Lynn Night Market

Filed under: Flowers,Food,Markets,New Lynn,People — paul @ 8:05 am
Smiles from John, Momo, and their orchids

Smiles from John, Momo, and their orchids

After a two months’ winter break, the New Lynn Night Market (every Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm at the Community Centre) started up again at the beginning of September. When I was there last night, I thought that the number of stalls was smaller than last season – but there was an impressive variety nonetheless. Apart from the always popular dumplings and buns, ice-cream and donuts, there were stalls with traditional Iraqi, Sri Lankan, Filipino, Ethiopian and probably more. Inside soft music that did not overpower people’s conversations, and a stall with beautiful orchids. Nice!

Mr Music

Mr Music

Bill, Misi and Matilda: Pacific Wardens

Bill, Misi and Matilda: Pacific Wardens

From the Philippines

From the Philippines

Dumplings

Dumplings

Traditional Iraqi Stall

Traditional Iraqi Stall

After Dark

After Dark

September 11, 2015

Magnolias

Filed under: Flowers — paul @ 9:11 am
Magnolia

Magnolia

Our good friend Ida brought a basket full of the finest magnolias from her garden. They have opened up, revealing beautiful detail of the flowers. Thanks a bunch, Ida!

Magnolia

Magnolia

September 8, 2015

Flowering

Filed under: Avondale,Flowers,Trees — paul @ 8:09 am
Taiwan Cherry

Taiwan Cherry

This Taiwan Cherry tree (prunus campanula) in Rosebank Road is a bit later than most, but it is the biggest I have ever seen, and flowering prolifically. Considered a weed, but you just have to like it and temporarily, at least, ignore calls to “declare war on Taiwan Cherry”.

August 28, 2015

Daffodil Day

Filed under: Flowers,Seasons — paul @ 5:25 pm
Daffodils

Daffodils

Today is Daffodil Day, the Cancer Society’s main event for fundraising and awareness (this year is the 25th anniversary for this event). The flowers in the picture are along Titirangi Road – the council has done us proud with a new planting.

August 26, 2015

Blossom Time

Filed under: Flowers,Seasons,Trees — paul @ 7:07 am
Prunus Campanulata

Prunus Campanulata

The Taiwanese cherry (prunus campanulata) have been going strong for some weeks now. Some trees have finished their crop of flowers, while others are only just showing the first signs of pink. Lovely to behold – and, of course, classified a weed …

June 4, 2015

Red Hot Poker

Filed under: Birds,Flowers — paul @ 7:56 am
Silvereye on Red Hot Poker

Silvereye on Red Hot Poker

A silvereye on a red hot poker.

May 28, 2015

Black-eyed Susan

Filed under: Flowers — paul @ 7:36 am
Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

They have to be ranked as one of the most cheerful flowers, splashing orange colour about with abandon. Of course, they are also classed as ‘environmentally damaging’ (a weed by any other name). To be enjoyed.

Titirangi Road.

May 13, 2015

From the Garden

Filed under: Flowers — paul @ 7:00 am
Tibouchina

Tibouchina

We had a prolific crop of flowers from our dwarf Tibouchina — just finished now.

May 7, 2015

Puriri

Filed under: Flowers,Trees — paul @ 9:17 am
Puriri Blossom

Puriri Blossom

A favorite food plant of the kereru (New Zealand Woodpigeon), the puriri (vitex lucens) can grow to a height of 20 metres or more, character specimen who survive uprooting, broken limbs and all adversity. Apart from the awe inspiring forest trees, where the blossom or fruit are mainly noticed on the ground when you watch your step, young puriri are also popular in plantings in parks and other places. That’s where you get a closer view of the shine crinkled leaves, the blossom and fruit.

Photos from Armour Bay and Rocket Park.

Fruiting Puriri

Fruiting Puriri

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