Yellow appears to be the colour of choice for railings and bridge structures in our area. Cycleway at Waterview: Howlett Esplanade to the left behind the mangroves, Swanson end of the Waitakere Ranges in the distance.
August 2, 2016
July 31, 2016
July 29, 2016
July 27, 2016
On a stroll along the cycle path at Waterview (in the direction of Te Atatu) I encountered this solid structure next to where Oakley Creek enters the mangroves. No idea what its background could be – open to any stories, real or imaginary!
(Solution below in the comments.)
April 28, 2016
The fantail (piwakawaka, Rhipidura fuliginosa) is a native New Zealand bird, charming humans by inquisitive and chatty behaviour. The theory is, that they are not really interested in the humans they encounter, but rather in the insects which are chased up by human passers-by. Be that as it may, I spent some quality time with this individual at Oakley Creek, Waterview. Pity it did not open the fan of its tail feathers when it was within shot – these birds just can’t sit still.
February 12, 2016
The bridges needed to connect State Highway 16 with the new State Highway 20 at Waterview are almost completed. The yellow gantry (“Dennis”) will be up for sale – in case you are interested.
September 17, 2015
Auckland has its own ‘urban waterfall’: a 6 metre drop at Oakley Creek, Waterview (access it from Great North Road opposite Oakley Ave). When I went there a couple of days ago, I was treated not only to a generous flow of water after the rain, but also half a dozen youths frolicking in the chilly waters as if summer had broken out…
(The sign in the background warns “No jumping to diving. Shallow water and underwater obstructions.”)
September 19, 2014
The sun is about to set behind one of the massive pillars that have sprouted around the Waterview end of State Highway 20 (where the tunnel will break onto the surface any day now). For the connection with State Highway 16, numerous on and off ramps have to be constructed.
More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!
September 10, 2014
… at least not above ground. This sentry box overlooks the slope going down from Great North Road to Oakley Creek (Waterview). The entire area is studded with sensors, watching out for any subsidence; theodolites and guards keeping watch. Below ground is where the action is: Alice, the TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) is approaching its northern destination (well, it could still be a couple of months before “she” emerges above ground). Any movement detected by the sensors would not be good news. (Behind the sentry box you can spot red flowers of coral trees.)
September 3, 2014
At the construction site of the Waterview connection (State Highways 16 and 20 to be joined with a tangle of flyovers).
You can see what happened on top of the platform here.