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

July 24, 2016

Bright Green

Filed under: Colours,Manukau,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 9:24 am
Bright Green

Bright Green

This rock in Jenkins Bay, South Titirangi, has grown a fine winter coat.

April 29, 2016

Daydreaming

Filed under: Reflections,Trees,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 7:07 am
Reflective

Reflective

Mesmerised by the reflections of a tree in the stream.

November 7, 2015

Mamaku

Filed under: Black and White,Trees,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 12:41 pm
Mamaku

Mamaku

The Black Tree Fern (Mamaku, Cyathea medullaris) has characteristic marks on the stem where stipes have broken off.

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

October 25, 2015

The Stream

Filed under: Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 8:45 am
The Stream

The Stream

As the country goes wild after the win of the All Blacks over the Springboks, we offer a picture of relaxed calm…

Taken at the Auckland City Walk, an easy one hour amble through bush with birdsong all around you. This is the Waitakere Stream where it is joined by the Cascades Stream.

September 29, 2015

Save the Kauri

Filed under: Arataki,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 7:09 am
Cleaning Station at Arataki Visitor Centre

Cleaning Station at Arataki Visitor Centre

Spray bottles of trigene await the visitor to a bush walk in the Waitakeres (and some paths are closed to prevent contamination). In combination with brushes (not visible in the picture) this is a measure to prevent the spread of the Kauri dieback disease, a soil borne disease (Phytophthora taxon Agathis, PTA) which is seriously threatening our remaining stands of kauri, an iconic native tree (agathis australis).

  • Clean your gear: remove soil before and after forest visits;
  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.

Read more about kauri dieback here and here.

May 25, 2015

From a Bush Walk

Filed under: Plants,Seasons,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 8:20 am
Parataniwha and Fern Fronds

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.)

March 15, 2015

Treescape

Filed under: Parau,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 7:29 am
Spillway, Lower Nihotupu Reservoir

Spillway, Lower Nihotupu Reservoir

Always a fascinating place for photography, the curve of the spillway of the Lower Nihotupu reservoir had a shadow treescape for a bonus. Water levels are down after our long dry summer (the Watercare website said 62% full over all storage, about 73% for this reservoir. Remnants of sea cloud brush the hills.

February 3, 2015

Looking West

Filed under: Mount Eden,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 7:02 am
Looking West

Looking West

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

November 5, 2014

Wineberry Tree in Flower

Filed under: Flowers,Trees,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 7:03 am
Wineberry Tree

Wineberry Tree

The Wineberry Tree (makomako, Aristotelia serrata) is a very common tree – endemic to New Zealand – of up to 10m height, presently flowering in the Waitakere Ranges. Birds like the berries and help spread the seeds.

In the picture below, I also caught a four spined weevil (top right).

Wineberry Tree

Wineberry Tree

September 18, 2014

Karo

Filed under: Flowers,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 6:56 am
Karo

Karo

Karo (Pittosporum crassifolium) is a shrub or tree with leathery leaves. Presently flowering in the Waitakere Ranges.

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