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Self Portrait at the Museum

Self Portrait at the Museum

Self Portrait at the Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum are having an exhibition “Kai to Pie” from June 12 to 25 October (kai is a Maori word meaning food). From the program notes:

“Kai to Pie — Pie to Chai — Nosh to Posh. Whatever way you slice it, Auckland’s stories can be told through food: from the extraordinary wealth of people and cultures, to its fertile abundance of land, sun and sea, come up to the Museum for a serving of Auckland on your plate.”

The image is a reflection in one of the exhibits, obviously dealing with seafood.

Self Portrait with Rainbow

Self Portrait with Rainbow

Self Portrait with Rainbow

Very changeable weather of late, rain, sun, and hence some rainbows. Looking Southwest from top of Waltham Street, Palm Heights. The Waitakere Ranges in the background.

A Skywatch Friday photo. More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Self Portrait with Huhu Bug

Huhu Bug (Prionoplus reticularis)

Huhu Bug (Prionoplus reticularis)

The Huhu Bug (Prionoplus reticularis) is the largest native beetle in NZ, reaching up to 5cm from nose to tail. I read that the adults live only about a fortnight, and do not eat – although my acquaintance with this specimen lasted only a few minutes, hence cannot confirm this. However, I found the fellow quite a capable flyer as it took off from my desk to land on the window, and later when I released it into the wild. Lovely pattern on the wing covers.

The larvae (huhu grubs) of this beetle live in decaying wood and are considered a delicacy, raw or cooked. You have to visit the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival for that. I have no personal experience of these meals, but this picture on Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand should convince you.

“Self” is a bit obliterated by the afternoon sun and reflections – keeping you focused on the main subject.

Self Portrait with Screamin’ Eagle

The Engine

The Engine

As I walked out of the gym, the glistening chrome of the motorbike parked provocatively in the entrance proved irresistible. No, not my bike.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

Harley Davidson Screamin' Eagle

Harley Davidson Screamin' Eagle

Self Portrait with Hills and Clouds

From Mount Auckland Walkway

From Mount Auckland Walkway

Our good friends Hanni and Bernhard asked us to join them on the Mount Auckland (Atuanui) Walkway. Mount Auckland is about 80km from Auckland in a Northwesterly direction, along the Kaipara Harbour. If one takes two cars, one can walk up to the mountain top and down the other side, rather than having to retrace one’s steps. This photo was taken after the walk of about 4 hours, when we returned to the car park at the southern end in the late afternoon.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Self Portrait in the Trees

Oratia Stream, Henderson

Oratia Stream, Henderson

I might not climb many trees, these days, but I can still step up onto the seating on the bridge over the Oratia stream (“McLeod’s Bridge”). This is taken from McLeod’s Bridge, Henderson, same place as my post of May 28, but in different light.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

Rural Self Portrait

Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal

From a holiday in the country.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

Self Portrait in Ponsonby

How to Make Friends?

How to Make Friends?

(Me and) the Three Lamps end of Ponsonby Road reflected in the rear end of an SUV. They might be pretty good at whatever it is they are doing, but diplomacy does not seem to be their speacialty.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

Self Portrait with Six Koru

At the Leys Institute

At the Leys Institute

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

Koru is the Maori word for the unfurling fern frond (the logo of Air New Zealand, our national carrier, is a stylised koru). In front of the Leys Institute in St Marys Bay are three bicycle stands in the form of such scrolls. And if you need help, the artist (I don’t know who) has even included instructions.

I liked the angle of the picture above best, but below is another view without the intrusion of the photographer.

Instructions

Instructions

Bicycle Stands

Bicycle Stands

Self Portrait with the Model

Pollen Street, Thames

Pollen Street, Thames

On the way to the Coromandel, we stopped in Thames. A world away from Auckland and the present. My sense of disbelief only heightened when I saw myself reduced to a stick figure and in unfamiliar company …

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

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