Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: October 2010 (Page 1 of 4)

Waitakere City — R.I.P.

Location Signs: Waitakere City

Location Signs: Waitakere City

This sign indicates where you reached Waitakere City, entering New Lynn as you come from Avondale along Great North Road, at the intersection with Portage Road. As befits the brick and clay heritage of New Lynn and other western suburbs, the letters are affixed to a modest brick wall.…

Patterns on Glass (Miranda Brown)

Patterns on Glass (Miranda Brown)

Patterns on Glass (Miranda Brown)

New Lynn’s railway station has seen a huge transformation which is now completed: a trench has been dug to let the trains go underground, avoiding messy street crossings above. The trench is in large parts open to the sky, surrounded at street level with a wall topped with plate glass.…

Manuka Shrub

Manuka Shrub at Top of Mercer Bay

Manuka Shrub at Top of Mercer Bay

On the Mercer Bay Loop Track we encountered this manuka shrub (leptospermum scoparium) covered in blossom. The heights above Mercer Bay are totally exposed to the weather from the west, so upright growth is not an option.…

Mercer Bay Loop Track

Looking North

Looking North

We took advantage of the fine weather on Saturday and walked the Mercer Bay Loop Track, a beautiful walk of about one hour, halfway between Piha and Karekare. The highest cliffs of the Waitakere ranges are found here, and the breaking waves far below the viewing platform provide a spectacle for eyes and ears.…

Piha Labour Day Market

Colourful Flags

Colourful Flags

We were on the way to Karekare, but the sign said “Piha Market” — so a quick adjustment of our plans was in order. We arrived just minutes before it ended, but got in the spirit of shopping with gay abandon!…

Brian and Phoenix

Phoenix

Phoenix

We got talking as I took some photos of the panels in the background which grace the walls in the recently opened New Lynn railway station. From questions about whether there was a repetition pattern, how many different panels there were we got to the subject of grandparenting — Brian displayed his skills in the latter art throughout our chat.…

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