Sunnah Thompson at Work
Once again Nga Whaotapu o Tāmaki Makaurau (The Sacred Chisels of Tāmaki Makaurau) are showing their craft at the Silo Six Pack, Wynyard Quarter. When I visited, master carver Sunnah Thompson was at work on a carving of Tiriwa (one of the ancestors of the Tamaki a Maki tribe), destined to go to Glen Eden Primary School. Always happy to engage with the public, informing, evoking responses. A collaboration between various local tribes, to celebrate Matariki (Maori New Year), and to deepen their practice of traditional carving.
Check out Silo Park for details about Mighty Matariki Markets at the Wynyard Quarter, with more carving, music, instruments, tattoo and food this weekend (17, 18, 19 July).
Chisels (Swiss Made)
Work in Progress
Sunnah and Tiriwa
Fine days and cold nights at the moment, with frost in open spaces. Ice crystals melting at the first appearance of the sun.
White-faced Heron on Frosted Paddock
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.
Titirangi in the Mist
The name ‘Titirangi’ is often translated as “Fringe of Heaven” — and on Saturday, barely a day before the solstice, that fringe hung deep into the top of Titirangi. Mist and rain being the order of the day. Here the landmark Lopdell House with the Deco Eatery – a welcome refuge in that kind of weather – and the green cube of Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.
Henry Atkinson Gets Wet
Stars for Matariki
Matariki – Māori New Year – is celebrated when the constellation of Pleiades (the Seven Sisters) rises above the horizon about June each Year. More and more embraced as an occasion with a genuine New Zealand identity. I happened across a cluster of more than seven stars, looking down instead of up as I walked across the Auckland Domain yesterday.
Various celebrations for about a month starting June 18.
Parataniwha and Fern Fronds
Looking down on lush growth of parataniwha and some golden-brown dead fern fronds along the way. (With a bonus puriri flower.)
Tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) provide fine autumn colour. Rua Road, Glen Eden.
This beauty of a fungus was on the steep slope right beside Scenic Drive. Looks quite common, but I don’t have an ID.
End of season – all colour has gone, and soon the seeds will drop, leaving us with something like here or (more artsy-fartsy) here. On the walk between Westhaven and Beaumont Street.
There are still a few fine stands of amaryllis belladonna (aka naked ladies) around, but not much longer, and most are past their best. A sure sign that we are well into autumn. And the weather forecaster recommended to dust off the coats. Brr.