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Pylon

Pylon

Do not climb (the pylon, that is; it is pylon 32 on Line A between Otahuhu to Henderson). More importantly: clear blue sky with a promise of (so far) the coldest night to come (3 degrees C expected). In the background right: Mangere Mountain, one of our volcanic hills. Manukau Cruising Club in the foreground.

Against the Sun

Against the Sun

Against the Sun

Mudflats by the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Station. Close to low tide.

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

Winter evening

Looking across to Mangere Bridge

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.

Fluffed Up

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

This white-faced heron obviously wanted to impress with his feathers all fluffed up. While the one below seems to hide his face under his armpits…

Mangere Bridge

No-faced Heron

No-faced heron

Old Mangere Bridge

Old Mangere Bridge

Old Mangere Bridge

The disused old Mangere bridge is a popular fishing spot.

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

The Mangere Art Centre (Ngā Tohu o Uenuku) is currently hosting an exhibition of work by the pioneering kinetic artist Len Lye (1901-1980). Entitled “Agiagiā” (a Samoan word expressing the notion of ‘natural billowing movement’), the intimate show displays some of the experimental movies of the artist, as well as diaries, and most strikingly this piece, a 2001 reconstruction of the original: a bunch of steel rods, beautifully illuminated, serene when undisturbed. But then the sculpture will come to life, moving just a couple of centimetres to and fro from side to side, the rods swaying gently. Then faster and faster, developing into a frenzied dervish’s dance which after a while will slow down again and come to rest.

The exhibition finishes on March 16.

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Tholoid

Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain

We are on the rim of the main crater of Mangere Mountain (eruption about 20,000 years ago), and bang in the middle of the crater is a hump about 12 metres high — a plug of solidified magma (basalt) that was pushed out of the throat of the volcano after the main eruption by mounting pressure from below. Geologists call that a tholoid. The picture of the lagoon was taken from the opposite position on the rim.

Mangere Lagoon

Mangere Lagoon from Mangere Mountain

Mangere Lagoon from Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain, from which this photo was taken, is a volcano that erupted about 20,000 years ago. Mangere Lagoon with its central scoria cone is the explosion crater of an earlier eruption (date not available). About 7000 years ago, rising sea levels broke the tuff ring and created the lagoon. During the last 40 or so years of last century, the lagoon served as sludge ponds for the sewage treatment plant. This has ended, and the lagoon restored. A pleasant walkway leads right around it (connected to the Watercare coastal walkway); a good place to watch wading birds.

In the distance to the right of the picture one recognises Manukau Heads (the opening of the Manukau Harbour to the Tasman Sea), with Puketutu Island in front.

About a year ago, I showed a picture of Mangere Mountain, shot across the lagoon.

Fishing

At the Manukau Yacht and Motor Boat Club

At the Manukau Yacht and Motor Boat Club

The tide is in. The ramp at the Manukau Yacht and Motor Boat Club is popular with fishing enthusiasts.

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

The Catch

Little Black Shags

Little Black Shags

Little Black Shags (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) often appear in flocks of from two to maybe 100 birds. When they are fishing in small groups, they often dive in a synchronized way. The two birds in the picture were in a group of about eight, and on a particular dive the front one emerged with a catch, causing a hot pursuit by the remaining lot.

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

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