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

May 8, 2014

Reeds

Filed under: New Lynn,Plants — super @ 7:16 am
Raupo

Raupo

Raupo (Typha orientalis, bulrush) from a wetlands by the Whau river, New Lynn

February 28, 2014

Fluffy

Filed under: Clouds,Plants,Sky — paul @ 7:13 am
Himalayan Fairy Grass

Himalayan Fairy Grass

The older, less maintained parts of the Waikumete Cemetery are covered with this grass: Himalayan Fairy Grass (miscanthus nepalensis). Like many pretty things, it’s classed as a weed (invasive, clumping).

Here the fluff in the sky competes with the fluff on the ground.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

February 22, 2014

Euphorbia

Filed under: Black and White,Flowers,Plants — paul @ 7:36 am
Euphorbia

Euphorbia

An invasive weed, leaves are a distinctive lime green – not visible in black and white. The milky sap has medicinal uses.

February 20, 2014

Palm Leaf

Filed under: Insects,Plants — paul @ 7:11 am
Washingtonia Palm Leaf

Washingtonia Palm Leaf

Backlit by the sun and inhabited by passion vine hoppers.

February 9, 2014

Cacti

Filed under: Avondale,Plants — paul @ 8:38 am
Cacti

Cacti

Seen at the Avondale Markets.

August 4, 2013

Agave Attenuata

Filed under: Blockhouse Bay,Flowers,Plants — paul @ 7:02 am
Agave Attenuata in Bloom

Agave Attenuata in Bloom

A beautiful arch of a flowering stem of agave attenuata can be seen by the roundabout in Blockhouse Bay.

July 26, 2013

Winter Agapanthus

Filed under: Flowers,Plants — paul @ 7:32 am
Winter Agapanthus

Winter Agapanthus

I like them at all times: in full bloom and colour, the seedheads, or just the bare ball of spikes.

December 30, 2012

Nikau Palm

Filed under: Buildings,New Lynn,Plants — paul @ 7:19 am
Nikau Palm, New Lynn

Nikau Palm, New Lynn

The construction of the New Lynn Railway Station and Bus Interchange was accompanied by extensive landscaping. Native Nikau palms were planted, creating a tropical feel. Sometimes these plants can look a bit scruffy, like in this example, but they will shed the old leaves and look like new.

The rust-clad building is part of the Merchant Quarter development, probably a parking building. An apartment tower is planned to go on top, and apartments are being pre-sold now.

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

December 12, 2012

Painted Boxes: Bottlebrush

Filed under: Flowers,Green Bay,Painted Boxes,Plants — paul @ 7:52 am
Painted Utility Box: Callistemon

Painted Utility Box: Callistemon

This utility box is situated at the intersection of Godley Road and Castleford Street, Green Bay. Tucked away in the shade, it mirrors a nearby shrub of bottlebrush (callistemon).

Bottlebrush, Callistemon

Bottlebrush, Callistemon

Bottlebrush, Callistemon

Bottlebrush, Callistemon

November 6, 2012

Whau in Bloom

Filed under: Flowers,Plants,Trees — Tags: — paul @ 7:07 am
Whau Blossom

Whau Blossom

Whau (Entelea arborescens) is a New Zealand native shrub or tree, quite popular nowadays for plantings at motorways. They are flowering at the moment, and we saw a huge specimen bulging out of the grounds of Government House, shown below.

The prickly seedpods have featured in earlier posts, here and here.

Whau Tree in full Bloom

Whau Tree in full Bloom

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