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

February 8, 2016

Hide and Seek?

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga,Smile — paul @ 7:00 am
Pied Stilts

Pied Stilts

Pied Stilts at Taumanu Reserve

February 1, 2016

The Library Cafe

Filed under: Buildings,Onehunga,Theme Day — paul @ 7:01 am
A Game of Chess and a Muffin

A Game of Chess and a Muffin

The City Daily Photo theme for February is “Cafe”. Click here for more images from around the globe.

The Library Cafe” in Onehunga used to be a “Carnegie Free Library”; the building operated as library from 1912 to 1970. Presently, the stately building operates as child friendly and down to earth cafe. There is a sizeable dining room and a more intimate “Reading Room”, all with fine wood paneling. Enjoyable atmosphere and good coffee.

More detailed information at the Timespanner blog.

Reading Room

Reading Room

The Library Cafe

The Library Cafe

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie

January 29, 2016

The Volunteer

Filed under: Onehunga,People — paul @ 7:09 am
Jane

Jane

Taumanu Reserve is a recreational area of about 7 hectares of reclaimed land which has been constructed over the last three years or so. To be enjoyed by people, by the birdlife, and if unlucky, by rats and stoats and other unwanted creatures. To prevent the latter, there is a good number of traps spread over the grounds.

The other day when I was visiting the reserve, I found Jane busy at work, inspecting the traps, supplying fresh bait and performing general maintenance. She is a volunteer, Operations Director with the Wildlife Conservation Trust of New Zealand. And she is an ambassador for the place, responding to questions from the public, explaining her work, pointing out the roosting birds: oystercatchers, pied stilts, dotterels. On my visit, the traps were empty, which I assume to be a good sign, meaning that the rodents stay out. And the presence of pied stilt chicks would confirm this.

Thanks Jane, great work!

Interactions

Interactions

Danger!

Danger!

January 26, 2016

Cuteness Alert

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 7:03 am
Pied Stilt Chick

Pied Stilt Chick

The newly reclaimed Onehunga foreshore – now named “Taumanu Reserve” – was opened last November. It is pleasing to see that after all the disturbance with heavy earthmoving machinery etc the birds appear to have adopted the place. Oystercatchers and pied stilts are roosting there regularly, and a number of NZ dotterels are in residence; ducks and herons too.

And the pied stilts have offspring.

Pied Stilt Chick

Pied Stilt Chick

January 22, 2016

Karaka

Filed under: Fruit,Onehunga — paul @ 9:01 am
Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus) is an endemic New Zealand tree with glossy evergreen leaves. The pulp of the berries is said to be edible, while the raw stones are toxic (cooking them long enough apparently can make them edible — I think I will give them a miss).

Taumanu Reserve, Onehunga

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

January 21, 2016

Pied Stilt

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 8:38 am
Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus, poaka)

Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus, poaka)

The new Taumanu Reserve (Onehunga foreshore) is home to a fine array of birdlife. Here a pied stilt (Himantopus himantopus, poaka) in flight.

November 10, 2015

The Frown

Filed under: Buildings,Onehunga — paul @ 8:33 am
Onehunga Sea Scout Hall

Onehunga Sea Scout Hall

The Sea Scout Hall in Onehunga displays a permanent frown. Orpheus Drive.

Designed by John Park, it opened in 1911 as clubhouse for the Manukau Yacht and Motor Boat Club. Used by the Aotea Sea Scouts since 1977.

October 28, 2015

Mainstreet Furniture (Karen Kennedy)

Filed under: Art,Onehunga — paul @ 7:03 am
Furniture by Karen Kennedy

Furniture by Karen Kennedy

This chess table and sofa in Onehunga Mall are by Karen Kennedy, made from ferrocement with handmade tiles. The seat shows some of the buildings along Onehunga Mall in a whimsical way. The underside of the table contains some historical references (“Christine Fletcher is mayor”) and frivolities (“Would you peep under a lady’s skirts this way?”), together with chess pieces and other wisdom.

Chess Table

Chess Table

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

October 26, 2015

…ooooo…

Filed under: Onehunga,Patterns — paul @ 7:12 am
Pipes

Pipes

Pipe storage at Onehunga wharf.

August 15, 2015

Silos

Filed under: Black and White,Geometry,Onehunga — paul @ 10:49 am
Silos

Silos

Silos always make for interesting photo subjects with all the geometry that is at play. These ones are the Holcim cement silos at Onehunga Wharf.

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

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