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

June 18, 2014

How Convenient! #5

Filed under: Convenience,Huia — paul @ 7:11 am
Pebble Mosaics, Huia Domain

Pebble Mosaics, Huia Domain

The only decorative element at the Huia Domain conveniences is a simple set of pebble mosaics by the outside shower – not that you would need much additional decoration in such a splendid place as is Huia Bay. Located next to the one way bridge over the Huia Stream.

Huia Domain Conveniences

Huia Domain Conveniences

Huia Bay

Huia Bay

June 10, 2014

Looking South

Filed under: Awhitu,Huia,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 7:24 am
From Mount Donald McLean

From Mount Donald McLean

Late afternoon view from the lookout on Mount Donald McLean. Manukau South Head with a hint of the (replica) lighthouse. Mount Karioi in the distance. Manukau Harbour to the left, big Tasman Sea to the right.

May 30, 2014

Self Portrait with Te Komoki

Filed under: Huia,Sky — Tags: — paul @ 7:13 am
Manukau Heads and Te Komoki

Manukau Heads and Te Komoki

The view from the Huia Point platform, with Manukau Heads and lighthouse on the left, Manukau bar, and the conical Te Komoki on the right.

See my growing collection of selfies.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

November 23, 2013

Pohutukawa Trunk

Filed under: Black and White,Huia,Trees — Tags: — paul @ 7:09 am
Pohutukawa Trunk

Pohutukawa Trunk

The gnarly trunk of an old pohutukawa tree at Huia; laden with epiphytes.

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

June 16, 2013

There is Australia!

Filed under: Huia — paul @ 7:09 am
Foster Bay and Entrance to Manukau Harbour

Foster Bay and Entrance to Manukau Harbour

No, I did not say you could see Australia. But if you go past Manukau Heads through the narrow gap, and keep going West, you will eventually reach Australia (or some unspeakable adventure).

Meanwhile, in the foreground we have Foster Bay, Huia, and the cone of Te Komoki (Jackie Peak), seen from Huia Road.

March 8, 2012

Pas de Trois

Filed under: Birds,Huia,Manukau — paul @ 7:40 am
Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

When the tide comes in, oystercatchers leave their feeding grounds in the mudflats of the Manukau Harbour to rest and roost on the shore. Most of the time there is no action beyond a bit of shuffling about, but now and then there are shrill and excited noises, often accompanying a curious dance-like behaviour. Could be a bird on its own, mostly two of them, and here we have a group of three goose-stepping along the water’s edge.

South Island Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus finschi) at Huia.

April 26, 2011

Manukau Heads at Dusk

Filed under: Huia,Manukau — paul @ 7:02 am
Manukau Heads from Mount Donald McLean

Manukau Heads from Mount Donald McLean

This was the view towards Southwest when we were up on Mt Donald McLean recently. The soft light of the evening envelops the southern shores of the entrance to the Manukau Harbour, with the lighthouse on top of the Manukau Heads faintly visible on the ridge.

April 22, 2011

From the Mountain Top

Filed under: Clouds,Huia,Sky,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 8:38 am
Evening on Mount Donald McLean

Evening on Mount Donald McLean

You can almost drive up to the top of Mount Donald McLean (398m above sea level). A fork in the Whatipu Road leads to a car park from where the Mount Donald McLean Walk spirals up to the top, about 15 minutes — downhill is easier! Two viewing platforms give excellent views of the Manukau Harbour towards the east and Manukau Heads/Whatipu to the west, and a great overview of bush clad hills.

Donald McLean (1820–77) arrived in New Zealand in 1840 and became an influential figure in early colonial New Zealand (Land Purchase Commissioner and Native Minister).

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

March 31, 2011

Magnolia Grandiflora (in Colour)

Filed under: Flowers,Huia,Trees — paul @ 7:30 am
Magnolia Grandiflora

Magnolia Grandiflora

Last Sunday I showed black and white images of Magnolia Grandiflora, and Bill from Brisbane asked me for colour versions. Well, here they are (any colour as long as it’s white, well, sort of white). I thought that black and white was a good means of hiding the typical rust blemishes that these flowers seem to get. Some discoloration from the stamen, some for other reasons.

In the picture below, one can also see the brownish underside of the leathery leaves.

Magnolia Grandiflora, Seedpod

Magnolia Grandiflora, Seedpod

March 27, 2011

Magnolia Grandiflora

Filed under: Black and White,Flowers,Huia — paul @ 6:47 am
Magnolia Grandiflora

Magnolia Grandiflora

The flowering season for Magnolia Grandiflora is reaching its end. The flower above has already lost all its stamen, dispersed by the wind, with only the spirals of scars showing on the stem. Numerous pistils at the top, which then develops into the seedpod (and can remain dried up at the end of the branch for a number of seasons).

Magnolia grandiflora is a fairly common tree in the Auckland region, with some trees growing in the wild. Flowers are huge (how else could you explain the name? — up to 30 cm diameter) and very showy, and the tree itself has a size to match. Leaves are a shiny green on top, with a furry rust-brown underside, very decorative. The plant is native to the southeastern USA.

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

Magnolia Grandiflora, Seedpod

Magnolia Grandiflora, Seedpod

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