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

July 5, 2015

The Silos

Filed under: Night,Onehunga,Reflections — paul @ 8:14 am
Looking across Hillsborough Bay

Looking across Hillsborough Bay

Looking towards the Onehunga Wharf with the Holcim cement silos. From Hillsborough Bay.

June 16, 2015

Bright Colours in Onehunga

Filed under: Art,Onehunga,Walls — paul @ 7:29 am
Bright Colours in Onehunga

Bright Colours in Onehunga

This mural graces a wall at the back of the Onehunga Library. It is accompanied by a large explanatory panel (in the same colours), describing it as reflecting “the cultural diversity and growth within the Onehunga district”. Project artists: Charlotte Graham, Nanette Lela’ulu, Manu Scott; assisted by students from the local community.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Bright Colours in Onehunga

Bright Colours in Onehunga

October 3, 2013

Three Oystercatchers

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 7:11 am
Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

These three were among a group of oystercatchers feeding in the outgoing tide by Orpheus Drive. One obviously has got a shell, while the others watch and hope to get a turn…

Two variable oystercatchers, and one Pied oystercatcher (front left).

September 2, 2013

How Convenient! #2

Filed under: Art,Convenience,Onehunga — paul @ 7:12 am
De Loo (Dave Vazey - Detail)

De Loo (Dave Vazey – Detail)

This classy wrought iron convenience by Dave Vazey graces Onehunga Mall since 2002 (at number 207).

"De Loo" (Dave Vazey)

“De Loo” (Dave Vazey)

De Loo (Dave Vazey)

De Loo (Dave Vazey)

June 3, 2013

Heron in Flight

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 7:11 am
White-Faced Heron

White-Faced Heron

A white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) accompanied by its shadow. Near Orpheus Drive, Onehunga Bay.

May 14, 2013

The Runway

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 7:00 am
First Steps

First Steps

A pied shag (Phalacrocorax varius, pied cormorant) taking flight.

Liftoff

Liftoff

March 21, 2013

Scoria Wall

Filed under: History,Onehunga,Walls — paul @ 7:26 am
Scoria Wall, Waikaraka Park

Scoria Wall, Waikaraka Park

Auckland has remains of over 50 volcanoes. Some of the volcanic rock is quarried and used in various ways, one of them being decorative walls. This is the wall separating Neilson Street, Onehunga, from Waikaraka Park (sports grounds and speedway venue). On a plaque we are reminded of the fact that from 1942 to 1945 this was the location of American barracks (a staging point for troups on the way to service in the Pacific, or on rest and recreation).

Read more about the American Invasion.

Scoria Wall, Waikaraka Park

Scoria Wall, Waikaraka Park

March 20, 2013

Let’s Go Shopping!

Filed under: Buildings,Onehunga,sculpture — paul @ 7:10 am
Giant Shopping Trolley

Giant Shopping Trolley

This outsize shopping trolley keeps watch over the intersection of Alfred and Neilson Streets, Onehunga. Until not so long ago, the inscription was “Faulkner Collins” – a manufacturer of wire products from shopping trolleys to plastic coated shelving. The building must have changed hands, and the new owners are specialists in “Reverse Logistics” — letting the shopping trolley run in reverse, if you look at the illustration on their descriptive page. (Providing an answer to the question: “What happens to all the hangers left behind in the shops after an afternoon’s fun by my fashion conscious half?”)

September 26, 2012

The Gnome

Filed under: Onehunga,Smile — paul @ 7:20 am
The Gnome

The Gnome

A gnome keeps watch over this signpost in Onehunga.

The Gnome

The Gnome

June 28, 2012

Taking the Plunge

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 7:22 am
Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge

From one of my recent outings to Orpheus Drive. One of the white-faced herons had flown up to the top of the (two storey) Manukau Cruising Club. After enjoying the view for a while, it decided to re-join the rest of the flock, giving rise to these less than typical flight pictures.

Now We Are Flying!

Now We Are Flying!

Enjoying the View

Enjoying the View

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