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Bargains, Fabrics, Haberdashe….

Bargains, Fabrics, Haberdashery

Bargains, Fabrics, Haberdashery

Colourful mural at Geoffs Emporium, Dominion Road.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Bus Shelter

Bus Shelter

Bus Shelter

Bus Shelter, Dominion Road. This design is quite common in Auckland.

Noodles — OnDo (Seung Yul Oh, 2015)

OnDo (Detail) --- Seung Yul Oh 2015

OnDo (Detail) — Seung Yul Oh 2015

This sculpture by Seung Yul Oh appeared nearly around April 2015 at Ballantyne Square, Dominion Road. Intended as a temporary art work, to soften the impact of never ending roadworks in the area. Standing about 4-5 metres high, soba noodles are held aloft by giant chopsticks (or maybe the other way round). The surrounding fence echoes the orange traffic cones which obstruct every road under construction, and within its perimeter you find some ripped up bitumen (apart from more noodles). The subject matter of noodles is an appropriate reference to the numerous Asian noodle places a little further down the road.

It is pleasing to note that the art has outlasted the roadworks.

A deep and meaningful piece “The Peoples’ Dominion” about public art in the area can be found here.

OnDo --- Seung Yul Oh 2015

OnDo — Seung Yul Oh 2015

Pink Landscape

Toon Trees (Toona sinensis)

Toon Trees (Toona sinensis)

A veritable forest of pink toon trees in Landscape Road, Mount Eden. Toon trees (Toona sinensis) are native to China and Southest Asia. The unusual colour of their spring foliage is just stunning. Found in many gardens in Auckland.

Semicircle

At Balmoral Heights Reserve

At Balmoral Heights Reserve

Colourful centre of a semicircular park bench at Balmoral Heights Reserve, Mount Eden.

Big King

Big King

Big King

The Three Kings (Te Tātua-a-Riukiuta) is a complex volcano (28,500 years old) within the Auckland volcanic field, which at some time had three prominent cones. Nowadays, only one of them remains, the Big King, the others having been quarried away. Seen from Bank Street, Mount Eden.

Street Furniture

Street Furniture

Street Furniture

A symphony (cacophony?) of colour in cast iron lacework – part of the Dominion Road upgrade. Several places, this at the corner with Halston Road.

Looking West

Looking West

Looking West

The view from Mount Eden, Waitakere Ranges in the background.

To Become a Ladybug

Larva

Larva

Yesterday I visited my favourite puriri tree near the top of Mount Eden. Its deeply furrowed bark is a haven for all kinds of creatures. It must have been a day out for numerous white critters like the one shown here. A larva of some kind of ladybug (hyperaspis sp?). In case you are wondering: less than 2 cm long, and the head is near the bottom left in the picture; the white ‘fur coat’ is a waxy extrusion; they hunt scale insects. (The picture below was taken on another occasion, when no such larvae were about.)

Puriri Trunk

Puriri Trunk

Still Standing

Still Standing

Still Standing

Misa Christmas Trees have been operating this Christmas tree farm since the 1940’s in Mount Eden “the heart of the city”. The Christmas tree season opened last weekend, and the trees are trimmed, ready for sale.

We have hardly ever used cut trees for Christmas, preferring a sequence of live Norfolk Pines, planted in containers and lasting several years. And in recent years we prefer to use a minimalist electric version

Misa Christmas Trees

Misa Christmas Trees

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