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No Pot of Gold

Rainbow Path

Rainbow Path

Some time ago, the Northwestern Cycleway received a coat of many colours for a short stretch from Unitec (Point Chevalier) towards the west. Nice and cheerful, even without a pot of gold. And it’s there, rain or shine!

The Bridge

Bridge, Oakley Creek Walkway

Bridge, Oakley Creek Walkway

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

Yellow

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.

Basket Fungus

Basket Fungus (Ileodictyon cibarium)

Basket Fungus (Ileodictyon cibarium)

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

More Red

Coral Tree (Erythrina sp.)

Coral Tree (Erythrina sp.)

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

Bunker

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

Piwakawaka

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

Building Bridges

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.

The Waterfall

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…

Evening at Waterview

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!

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