I don’t know what kind of bugs they are, nor do I know what they were up to. (Some similarity to cockroaches, but different.) On Swan Plant, Hillsborough Cemetery.
Edit: thanks to NatureWatch, I now know that these are “common small milkweed bugs” (Arocatus rusticus).
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill is one of the cones on the Auckland Volcanic Field. Seen here from the Pah Homestead.
Hear No, See No, and Speak No take a walk
The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre has an exhibition of works by Richard McWhannell: “In My Own Time: 1972 – 2015”. The majority of his works are paintings, but some sculptures are also on show.
The exhibition runs until April 10.
Fishy mural by Doug Ford (detail)
This big mural with a fishy theme has graced the walls of Oakdale Dairy at the corner of Richardson and Oakdale Roads for ten years. Painted by Doug Ford.
More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.
Fishy mural by Doug Ford
Jade String Quartet in Rehearsal
As we entered the hall of the Pah Homestead the other day, we found ourselves immersed in the sumptuous sound of strings. It came from the Drawing Room where the Jade String Quartet were in rehearsal. An unexpected bonus to the art on display, the Wallace Art Centre’s comprehensive collection of paintings by Toss Woollaston (1910–1998). The exhibition runs until September 6 and is accompanied by a book with reproductions of the works from 1931 to 1996 and text by Dr Oliver Stead.
The Jade String Quartet will give a concert at the Pah Homestead on Sunday, 26 July, at 5:15pm.
Drawing Room and Paintings by Toss Wollaston
Looking across to Mangere Bridge
Last night, just before the full moon did not rise (owing to cloud). Looking from Hillsborough Bay to the slopes of Mangere Mountain, with Kiwi Esplanade in the last light.
View of One Tree Hill
The grounds of the TSBBank Wallace Arts Centre are known as Monte Cecilia Park: expansive lawns with big mature trees; and here a view of One Tree Hill from the upstairs of the Pah Homestead.
Random Art of Nature
Recent storms have brought down a lot of debris (and complete trees for that matter). This is the aftermath, romanticised. Green kauri leaves, male kauri cones, as well as a few twigs of Norfolk pine.
The Art of Conversation (Anah Dunsheath)
A humoristic take on our cell phone habits by sculptor Anah Dunsheath. Made from marine grade steel, it is owned by the TSB Wallace Art Centre in Hillsborough, where it can be seen in the garden.
Today is the official observance of the Queen’s birthday in New Zealand (and, of course, it’s the central weekend of her Diamond Jubilee). To celebrate the long weekend, I am showing a royal subject: a group of Royal spoonbills (Platalea regia) that I observed last week from Orpheus Drive. They usually are somewhere around the Manukau Harbour, but it has been a few years since I last came across them. Shortly after this shot, they attempted to land again on the breakwater of volcanic rocks behind the mangroves, but they made a right royal mess of that, and took to the air again, landing successfully after rounding the spot once more. (Blue sky would have been a bonus, at least there was good light,)
[For Monarchy in New Zealand, check out wikipedia. Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of New Zealand (official title: “Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith”) and 14 other Commonwealth realms apart from the UK.]