‘The Big Smoke’. Auckland

In New Zealand, as I believe they do in some other places, we refer to the big city as ‘The Big Smoke’. Auckland is the nearest thing we have to a big city, however it’s not very big and is more like a collection of villages. The population of Auckland is about 1.4 Million which is a big chunk of our total population of around 4.4 Million. New Zealand is quite empty of people. I have attempted to convey that by photographing some parts the inner city of our largest city. The Auckland CBD between 8.30 and 9.30am on a Saturday morning. Plus some other bits during the day.

zhous-alley
No Smoking
vulcan-lane-walk
Walk on by
vulcan-lane-parking
No Parking
s-and-c
Closed
vulcan-lane
Belgian beer at the Occidental, the pub was built by an American sailor.
stables
No horses
fountain
Tiled
arcade
Arcade
art-gallery-front
Art house
art-gallery
Open soon
library
No books here today
wynyard-1
Feeding winged rats at Wynard Quarter.
wharf-work
Smoko break, probably.
wharf
The Wharf bit of North Wharf.
queeb-street
Queen Street, Auckland City.
lagoon
Apartments and Sky tower
ponsonby-bus
Ponsonby Road.
esplanade
The Esplanade, I once won a surfing competition in there.
mt-eden-road
Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden Village, 8:30am, Sunday Morning.
up-mt-eden-road
Looking the other way, towards the city
mt-eden-village-art
Mt Eden art stuff
bakery
Paris, Mt Eden.
st-heliers
Busy Saturday at the beach
boat-sheds
Boat sheds beside Tamaki Drive.
city-cloud
City Skyline, from Stanley Bay.
paraitai
The view rich people on Paraitai Drive have.

Auckland, it’s not always what you think.

Capital

I’ve lived in Wellington for about 6 months now, it’s not the first time I’ve lived here. Last time I lived in Wellington in 1990, was for about 6 months. That’s not to suggest it’s time to leave though. Not a bit of it. Not yet anyway. A selection of random shots from around Wellington, not so much in Wellington, as around it.

erskine-walls
Erskine College, Island Bay. Derelict old convent school, probably haunted.
island-bay-mountain-backdrop
Winter in Island Bay. I live in Island Bay so you may experience a bias in these photos
island-bay-sunset
Sunset in Island Bay, see? Bias.
island-bay
That Island is called Tapu te Tanga. It’s in Island Bay.
oruaiti-reserve
That’s the way in to Wellington Harbour. If you come by boat that is.
titahi-bay-surf-beach
Surfer dudes at Titahi Bay.
wellington-long-exposure
Wellington from Wrights Hill, long exposure to get that cool line of light thing on the motorway from the Hutt Valley.
houghton-bay
Oh look, it’s Island Bay again. Actually this is Houghton Bay, the next bay along.
epic-sunday
Cool clouds above Owhiro Bay. The Kaikoura Ranges in the distance, 200 kilometres distant.
pauatahanui
Pauatahanui, Porirua Harbour, Not many Paua in there though I reckon.
lighthouses
Pencarrow Lighthouses at the Wellington Harbour Entrance, for when one Lighthouse isn’t enough.
container-ship
Pilot boat escorting a container ship out of Wellington.
makara-sunset-cloud
Cool Sunset clouds above Makara, making the huge wind turbines look puny.
driftwood
Sea thing. Karaka Bay
lowry-bay-boatshed-close-up
Boat shed thing in Lowry Bay. Hasn’t stored any boats for a while. Not sure what it’s for now.
chopper-dude
Chopper dude, Lyall Bay. Probably reading ‘Zen And The Art Of Bicycle Maintenance’.
lower-hutt-and-tararuas
Tararua Ranges above the Hutt Valley. Taken from Oriental Bay.
waves-1
Those rocks are really big. This was the day after the ‘Great Storm’. I call all good storms, the ‘Great Storm’. It amuses me.
owhiro-bay-interislander
The Interislander ferry heading for the South Island. I take this boat every month. There and back, obviously. Otherwise I’d live in the South Island now.
wave-colour
Wavey.
kite-surfer-two
Kite Surfer in Lyall Bay. Good and windy.
Dolphins AIr NZ
Two things, Air New Zealand didn’t crash into the hill and the sea is full of Dolphins, Lyall Bay.
Colourful garages 1
Colourful, in Lyall Bay.
Wave photo
He survived, so did his cell phone. He actually ran away. I also have a photo of that.
Sheds
I believe those shed are empty and the land soon to be used for something more modern. Flash apartments would be best. Wait and see.
Epic tube surf
OK, so this could be anywhere of course, but this cool surf shot was taken by me in Wellington. Houghton Bay to be precise. 
Wrights Hill Awesome cloud
That’s a Nor’Wester blowing above Wrights Hill at Sunset. Windy Welly.
oriental-bay
Miramar Peninsula, in the mid-ground.
oriental-bay-sunday
Oriental Bay, people walk along the waterfront there, or run in colour co-ordinated lycra wearing headphones carrying an unnecessary water bottle.
hawkins-hill
The Road to nowhere, one of those ‘there and back’ sort of roads.
green-and-red
Like everyone, I love a brightly coloured boat shed
flowers-and-mountains
Spring, Princess Bay. Pretty.
boat-shed
Boat shed in Ivey Bay, Paremata.  Actually many boat sheds. Just that one is more obvious.
wellington-cable-car
The Classic Cable Car shot, you can buy a postcard just like this one.

So there you go. There’s much more to Wellington of course. But I’ve had enough of thinking up things to write in captions now. You could always visit and see for your self.

One hour, one evening

Apparently Pam arrives tomorrow, if she does. That’s Cyclone Pam of course. There were pretty amazing clouds developing in the North and East of where I live so I thought I’d pop out and take a few photos. These were taken in the space of an hour. Near my place.

Look North, early evening, lumpy land, cool clouds.
Look North, early evening, lumpy land, cool clouds.
Cross. This is the monument to a local man who loved the area.
Cross. This is the monument to a local man who loved the area.
What's your beef?
What’s your beef? You can also see the Te Apiti Windmill Farm away in the distance at the bottom right of the image.
Lines
Lines
Yards.
Yards.
Ducks crossing. There was a cool weather effect in the distance. Then some ducks flew through the shot which is cool.
Ducks crossing. There was a cool weather effect in the distance. Then some ducks flew through the shot which is cool.
Without the ducks, just layers of land and evening cloud, with rainbow type thing.
Without the ducks, just layers of land and evening cloud, with rainbow type thing.
Rule of thirds, New Zealand style. Looking East towards the Manawatu.
Rule of thirds, New Zealand style. Looking East towards the Manawatu.
The local high ground. Trig on Mt Curl
The local high ground. Trig on Mt Curl.
Looking north, towards Hunterville.
Looking north, towards Hunterville.
Looking up the line. The Main Trunk Line. New Zealands main rail line. From a crossing on a farmers land in the Rangitikei.
Looking up the line. The Main Trunk Line. New Zealands main rail line. From a crossing on a farmers land in the Rangitikei.

Then it got too dark so I went home…