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

May 23, 2017

The Bridge

Filed under: Bridges,Reflections,Trees,Waterview — paul @ 9:31 pm
Bridge, Oakley Creek Walkway

Bridge, Oakley Creek Walkway

A mighty plane tree stands guard at this bridge across Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek).

August 2, 2016

Yellow

Filed under: Colours,Waterview — paul @ 7:19 am
Yellow

Yellow

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.

July 31, 2016

Basket Fungus

Filed under: Fungi,Waterview — paul @ 7:03 am
Basket Fungus (Ileodictyon cibarium)

Basket Fungus (Ileodictyon cibarium)

Howlett Esplanade, Waterview – growing in mulch of wood chips.

July 29, 2016

More Red

Filed under: Colours,Flowers,Waterview — paul @ 7:08 am
Coral Tree (Erythrina sp.)

Coral Tree (Erythrina sp.)

Flower of a Coral tree (Erythrina sp) at Great North Road, Waterview.

July 27, 2016

Bunker

Filed under: Buildings,Waterview — paul @ 7:01 am
The Bunker

The Bunker

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.)

Bunker Art

Bunker Art

April 28, 2016

Piwakawaka

Filed under: Birds,Waterview — paul @ 7:33 am
Piwakawaka

Piwakawaka

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.

Fantail

Fantail

February 12, 2016

Building Bridges

Filed under: Bridges,Waterview — paul @ 7:03 am
Building Bridges

Building Bridges

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

The Waterfall

Filed under: People,Waterview — paul @ 7:15 am
Kids, don't try this at home...

Kids, don’t try this at home…

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.”)

Kids, don't try this at home...

Kids, don’t try this at home…

September 19, 2014

Evening at Waterview

Filed under: Sky,Waterview — paul @ 7:18 am
Evening at Waterview

Evening at Waterview

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

Not Much Happening …

Filed under: Waterview — paul @ 6:56 am
Sentry Box, Waterview

Sentry Box, Waterview

… 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.)

See the Herald for more. Or Alice’s Facebook page.

Sensor

Sensor

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