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

February 17, 2016

Painted Boxes: Welcome to Laingholm

Filed under: Laingholm,Location Signs,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:29 am
Welcome to Laingholm (Monique Endt)

Welcome to Laingholm (Monique Endt)

A welcome to Laingholm has sprung up at the intersection of Huia and Victory Roads, Laingholm. The main panel showing a view of Laingholm Beach, with birdlife and typical bush vegetation.

Detail: Moreporks

Detail: Moreporks

Detail: Kingfishers in Flax

Detail: Kingfishers in Flax

December 19, 2014

Little Muddy Creek

Filed under: Laingholm,Titirangi — paul @ 7:12 am
Little Muddy Creek

Little Muddy Creek

The view from Huia Road, Titirangi, across the mangroves of Little Muddy Creek, with Laingholm Bay in the midground. Awhitu Peninsula in the background.

April 13, 2014

Little Muddy Creek

Filed under: Laingholm,Titirangi — paul @ 7:12 am
Little Muddy Creek

Little Muddy Creek

The mangrove forest of Little Muddy Creek at low tide, with Laingholm in the hills, and Manukau Heads in the distance, left. Seen from South Titirangi Road.

December 27, 2013

Looking at You

Filed under: Laingholm,Smile — paul @ 7:09 am
Letterbox

Letterbox

Spotted in Laingholm.

June 6, 2013

A Sunny Morning

Filed under: Bridges,Laingholm,Reflections — paul @ 7:10 am
Bridge across Laing Stream

Bridge across Laing Stream

At the northern end of Laingholm Bay, Sandys Parade crosses Laing Stream. I shot the bridge for its reflection.

March 18, 2013

The Beach Ball

Filed under: Colours,Laingholm — paul @ 4:48 pm
The Beach Ball

The Beach Ball

In the swimming pool at our friends’ B&B, the Scandinavian Light.

March 7, 2013

Saluting the Morning Sun

Filed under: Laingholm,Light,People — paul @ 9:00 am
Martial Arts at Laingholm Bay

Martial Arts at Laingholm Bay

Solitary pursuit of martial arts at Laingholm Bay.

May 1, 2011

Mailbox

Filed under: Art,Laingholm,Smile,Theme Day,Titirangi — paul @ 6:20 am
Letterbox at 452 Huia Road, by Iain Cathcart

Letterbox at 452 Huia Road, by Iain Cathcart

The CityDailyPhoto theme for the month of May is “Mailbox”. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

The one above is by far the most charming letterbox I know, and I am happy to show a repeat of the image of January 26. This quirky letterbox at 452 Huia Road, Laingholm, inspired the good people at Kaipara Coast Plant Centre & Sculpture Gardens in Kaukapakapa, to run a design competition for weird and wonderful letterboxes. Long after I had first noticed (and photographed) this ferrocement letterbox, it turned out that Iain Cathcart had designed and built it, and that his mother lives near us. Small world, as they say.

Not to be accused of downright lazyness for recycling an old image, I add another mailbox which I found in Wood Bay, Titirangi.

Thomas as Letterbox in Wood Bay

Thomas as Letterbox in Wood Bay

January 26, 2011

Fresh Lippy

Filed under: Laingholm,Smile — paul @ 7:12 am
Letterbox at 452 Huia Road, by Iain Cathcart

Letterbox at 452 Huia Road, by Iain Cathcart

We have shown this letterbox last July, but its makeup was a bit worse for wear at the time. Over the Christmas period new lipstick was applied, and Wow!

I found out that the maker of the letterbox (at 452 Huia Road) is Iain Cathcart, whose mother Ida lives not far from us and who we meet from time to time. Moreover, this box was the inspiration for David and Geraldine Bayly, from the Kaipara Coast Plant Centre & Sculpture Gardens in Kaukapakapa, to run a design competition for weird and wonderful letterboxes – which was also won by Iain. See more at the designdaily.

See also the NZ Herald’s Sideswipe on February 3 and February 4.

July 20, 2010

Give us a Kiss!

Filed under: Laingholm,Smile — paul @ 8:04 am
Letterbox in Huia Road, Laingholm

Letterbox in Huia Road, Laingholm

This ferro-cement letterbox is in Huia Road, Laingholm.

[Edit, November 20, 2010: I now know that it is the work of Iain Cathcart from Mangonui. He has just won first prize in a competition for quirkiest letterboxes, which was inspired by exactly this letterbox: see designdaily.]

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