‘Column (Bastion Point)’
‘Obelisk (One Tree Hill)’
‘The Tide Is Rising’
Tides are king at Ebb Then Flood (if you haven’t noticed!) but this marker pole at Auckland’s Okahu Bay gives a sobering indication of past, current, and future mean average tides at that locale.
The tide is rising, and not in a twice daily, good way…
‘Just A Little Wild’
…but not too much, you understand?…
‘ ‘Queen City’ Shrouded’
‘Chains & Water’
Mythic Valkyries ride in this fountain sculpture set in the greenery of the Auckland Domain.
Its a favourite, and evocative, piece of art.
The inscription in the the stone surrounds, partly visible, reads:
“When the best of the Earth are gathered to know the chooser’s mind”
‘Onion Dome Views’
Two views of the onion dome atop the band rotunda in Auckland Domain.
You may as well have an onion quote too:
” Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.”
– Carl Sandberg
‘Mangroves & Tide II’
Auckland’s Tamaki River seeps through the mangroves on the incoming tide.
I have never lived more than five minutes drive from the river,and as such this is one of the most familiar and comforting views I know.
Forgive me then any repetition of this imagery – it is engrained in me, and tidal patterns inspire much of this blog, and my life as well.
‘The House In The West’
…the last house before the west goes wild…
The view southwards to Taitomo Island from Piha Beach, on the Tasman Sea west of Auckland.
Majestic, really, in defiance of perpetual wind and waves.
It’s the sort of view I find inspiring. I hope you do, too.
‘Looking Down The Lane’
… a favourite Auckland view…
A view of the grand exterior facade of Auckland’s Civic Theatre, built in Moorish Revival style (trust me, that is an actual thing).
I love the old place ( it has an artificial night sky ceiling in the main theatre, too!).
I have also adored many films and music performances at the venue. So many great memories.
It’s all about the facades – things that are not always real, projected as if they are, taking us on a fantastical ride.
I guess that’s the nature of entertainment.
It’s part of life too. Hard to know what is genuine sometimes.
But if you have to have a facade, make it a grand one!
‘Lunchtime In The Plaza’
‘Into The Blue’
‘When The Red King Comes’
Two small things collided during the week in way that made perfect sense to me:
A lunchtime walk down to Auckland’s city wharves, where the old wrought iron fence sports carved faces of Neptune/Poseidon in a vivid red.
And a major overhaul of my digital music collection that unearthed this psychedelic/jangle gem from cult band Elf Power (an early track of theirs that lends this post its title).YouTube share below.
Enjoy the pairing!
‘On The Corner Of Shortland & High’