Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: March 2013 (Page 1 of 3)

Harvest Time

Harvesting Trees

Harvesting Trees

Unlike the grape harvest (which is also happening, benefitting from the extended summery weather), this is more of a one-in-thirty years affair. Across the valley the plantation of pinus radiata   is being harvested. That means waking up to distant hum of chainsaws and rattle of machinery.…

Scoria Wall

Scoria Wall, Waikaraka Park

Scoria Wall, Waikaraka Park

Auckland has remains of over 50 volcanoes. Some of the volcanic rock is quarried and used in various ways, one of them being decorative walls. This is the wall separating Neilson Street, Onehunga, from Waikaraka Park (sports grounds and speedway venue).…

Let’s Go Shopping!

Giant Shopping Trolley

Giant Shopping Trolley

This outsize shopping trolley keeps watch over the intersection of Alfred and Neilson Streets, Onehunga. Until not so long ago, the inscription was “Faulkner Collins” – a manufacturer of wire products from shopping trolleys to plastic coated shelving.…

Nikau

Nikau Flowering

Nikau Flowering

Nikau palms (Rhopalostylis sapida) are NZ natives. Their leaf base encapsulates a bulbous growth cone, and when the leaf falls off, a flowering bract is revealed. In the picture above, the flowers have just emerged from the protective sheath.…

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