Picturesque Old House

Rough sketching of a picturesque old house in Russell (in NZ’s Bay of Islands).

To previous posts sketching in Russell: ‘Heritage NZ, Russell, Bay of Islands’ and ‘Heritage New Zealand, Russell


Shells, unearthed

Shell identification photography…. Northland Coast, NZ Summer 2018

Storms in March disturbed the dunes and unearthed these shells not commonly seen along the Northland coast.

Andrew Spurgeon from the ‘NZ Mollusca’ website identified them as “….2 species of Rock Borer. The one with the pointed end…is called Barnea similis and the smaller one with the smooth round end… is called Pholadidea suteri. They are not uncommon but as they usually live completely buried in the mudstone, they seldom wash up on our beaches…..”.

To previous shells posts: Shells Studies Far North NZ (includes Links to interesting NZ shell-identification sites); Shells Tauranga Bay Far North NZ

Shore-birds – Terns

Photographing the Tern. Several varieties make their home in Northland’s Wildlife Refuges.

The two above were making themselves known at the low-tide mark on the beach yesterday, venturing dangerously close to the ‘dogs allowed’ zone.

To a previous post ‘Birds, New Zealand Terns’ (sketching) which contains links to interesting information about the various coastal terns.

Hundertwasser Arts Centre ‘Te Kakano’, Whangarei

Te Kakano (The Seed) displays the concept of the future Arts Centre for Whangarei, originally designed by Hundertwasser in 1993

Renowned Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, admired for his unique vision and colourful mosaic style, and revered in Europe for his extraordinary transformations of industrial buildings lived much of his last thirty years in Northland, New Zealand.

The following LINKS contain interesting information about Hundertwasser and his work & Whangarei’s proposed Art’s Centre: Artist’s Impression of the Hundertwasser Arts Centre at the Whangarei Town Basin, About the Te Kakano (The Seed), The Hundertwasser Te Kakano opens, Hundertwasser Biography, Another Hundertwasser Biography, Hundertwasser’s European Buildings, Hundertwasser in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands