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Panoramic

How – and why – does life sometimes manage to get so busy?! The photo below is of a place which is truly timeless, both in the sheer beauty of the dramatic landscape, and because it’s a place where all sense of time disappears, just you and immenseness of the land, the crashing surf, the sun on your skin and the sea breeze. A complete contrast to the previous post here on foldedcranes, getting lost in the wonder of an untouched edge of the land like this one is an ideal balance to the bustle of life in the city. Capturing it in a photo – and being able to take it home with you, to get lost in, every once in a while, is a great thing to be able to do, too.

Bethells Beach

CIA

Photo by CIA at Te Henga – Bethells Beach, West Auckland, New Zealand, March 2013.

Wellington Civic Square, by night

Public spaces like this – which are beautiful both by day, and night, should be encouraged, in our increasingly urbanised planet.

Wellington civic square, by night

A pretty place to be, I think you will agree. Recently, I learnt that the square was designed by visionary Wellington architect Ian Athfield, whose brilliant and sometimes odd work scatters the city (seek, and you shall find Athfield creations in Wellington’s many corners!), enriching the urban landscape. I don’t think I will ever tire of the eclectic mish-mash of buildings, old and new, which shouldn’t work together but somehow do, interesting public art, patches of soft green space, around a fully accessible multi-level square, crowned by Neil Dawson’s wonderful sculpture, Ferns. I love to spot Ferns’ shadow, at different times of the day as it dances around the space. Whether I am passing through en route home, or sitting leisurely on a bench in the sun (or, let’s face it, wind!), Wellington’s Civic Square is a fitting heart to the city which I am thankful for.

Photo by CIA, Wellington Civic Square, March 2013. Around the square from left to right: Wellington Town Hall and Civic Chambers, The Majestic Centre (tall tower in the background), Wellington City Library, and the City Gallery.

Night time makes ordinary things strange.

Hay Street, Wellington

PJD

Photo by PJD, on a fine summer evening, Wellington 2013. CIA was a semi-willing accomplice.

A little Auckland graffiti

Queen on the decks... Newmarket street art

PJD

Photos by CIA, Newmarket, Auckland, December 2012. The Queen on the decks is almost as good as Prince Charles making jokes

For the birds

Tui, looking south, Mt Victoria Lookout

Tui, looking south, Mt Victoria Lookout

Tui, looking north, Mt Victoria Lookout

Tui, looking north, Mt Victoria Lookout

 

PJD

Photos by PJD, Mt Victoria, Wellington

A little Wellington Graffiti

There’s more to the Middle of Middle-Earth than Hobbit-related paraphernalia and activities. So, to continue our series of found street art, here’s some graffiti from the skate park nearby. A little Middle-Earth graffiti I guess…

Graffiti is better at night.

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Tired of London? …tired of life

It already feels like an age ago, but one evening in London, on our way to a delightful Ethiopian feast, we enjoyed a glorious sunset as we rambled along Hampstead Heath.

Dr Johnson said something like “anyone who is tired of London is tired of life”. On an evening like this one, it’s impossible not to agree.

PJD

Photos by CIA and PJD, atop Hampstead Heath; we particularly liked the way the Shard glinted in the sun. Love it or hate it, it’s an impressive sight.

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