Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Rainbow, Friday Afternoon

This is a few of weeks back, at the end of a rainy week. That Friday afternoon was a slightly better. I came out of the lighting shop to find a big rainbow, but at around 4.50, everybody was rushing to get somewhere else, and I was the only one looking. Even children were being pulled in all directions by their mums.

The building at the far end of the car park is the B side of the building at the top here. It is one building, made to look like three (?).

Monday, September 29, 2008

Perpetuating the Myth

In the window of the relocated educational toy store, Crackerjacks. Ugh...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Clouds in The Morning

Yesterday Morning, I woke up in the spectacular pink sky (out side the house, of course). I was bit late to pick my camera up and change to my telephoto lens. This was at the end of the show.

Here is another two shots from the show. 1, 2

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Is the oil rig back to Nelson?

Sorry for quality of this image, but I guess that is the same oil rig that we posted before. (Previous posts 1, 2)

Friday, September 26, 2008


September 24th, This one is from the Paddy's Knob lookout. Here is the left side of this towards Richmond.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Un-Boxy Buildings

I said in my comments here that I preferred a square box to "'mix and match boxes' look that's all around Nelson". Here's an example; it's supposed to look like an old-fashioned street where there were many little individual stores and houses, and this new "old" look is breeding like rabbits.
But then I tend to prefer bland things; if they must do the cutsy, I prefer this one.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ka-Pie Kiwi Kitsch'N

"Ka Pai" is Maori for "good". "Kitsch" according to Dictionary.com is "something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste." In New Zealand, the term often goes with something quintessentially Kiwi, but a little old fashioned and potentially embarrassing; when they are not embarrassing and go into museums or are photographed for calendars and coffee table books, they are called "Kiwiana".

The church in the background is Trinity Church, and the glass triangle is the roof of NMIT student accommodation block.

And remember, pies are sometimes-food.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

For Your Inner Bikie

It's a not-so-big desk-top lamp. We came out with a boring floor lamp for my studio.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Trafalgar Centre Upgrade

Trafalgar Centre is our all-purpose indoor events centre; this is where we used to host WOW wearable art show (which has subsequently moved to Wellington for a bigger audience), and is the home of Nelson Giants basketball team. From memory, it can seat up to 2500.

Sometime this winter, we noticed they started building the taller part to the right, and I was suspicious it was going to be an obnoxious billboard, but now the construction has started to cover the old building, so it appears the much-talked about upgrade is finally going ahead.

I've seen lots of discussions about the upgrade, but not a plan that shows how the building is going to look.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Dancing in the Sun

Yes, the sun has finally returned to Nelson; we've had at least some hours of sun every day this week. I'm not sure who put up these "children", but we saw them once earlier and wondered if they'd come back. Behind is the Trafalgar Centre Upgrade, which I'll post tomorrow. This is on bit of lawn seen to the left of the fountain here.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Someone's Play Thing

On further thinking, it speaks volumes about the rapid and organic expansion of Nelson's CBD (central business district), rather than the strange placement of play things.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Checkers Record Bar

We've shown you Everyman Records on Hardy Street. This is Checkers, the other independently-owned music store, where I go to see Suzanne from time to time. She knows my taste in music (eclectic) so she's never surprised with my latest fad, be it old R&B, Cook Island drums, or New Zealand Hip Hop, (which is not gangsta but quite uplifting!)

Checkers is inside Nelson Central mall, across the way from Farmers; I like the retro look of the mall. There has always been the Rooftop Ceffee Shop above Checker's side of the shops, but I've never been up those stairs. I wonder if they have retro cakes. I can easily imagine that when it opened, it may have have been the place to meet people. But that's another post for another day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


This is what you see when the tide is coming in to Tahunanui Beach. I found it has a very interesting pattern. I posted a wider view earlier in my photo sketchbook blog.

Monday, September 15, 2008


About to land at Nelson Airport; captured at Princess Drive Lookout.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Advertising on Buses Arrive at Nelson

Thursday morning a bus cut in front of us hastily, and I noticed the back of it was covered in advertising. This is new to Nelson, so I stated the obvious, as I do, to Ben, who thought, no, we've had it forever.

Guess what I saw at the bus terminal later that day? ITYS!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Not One of Our Architectural Wonders

No offense to this establishment; I've never seen the inside of the motel. Mid-City Motor Lodge is so centrally located, on Trafalgar Street. The famous Nelson Saturday Market takes place just behind it, in the foreground of this pic. But it's not one of the most attractive architectural examples of Nelson.

So why am I posting this? I recently started collecting shots of buildings of Nelson CBD, because there have been few old ones being torn down over the years and I can't remember what used to be in the flattened lots, let alone after something new springs up. And I often miss what used to be, sometimes without knowing what I'm missing. It takes my breath away looking at photos of Nelson from the 1960's and 70's, and sometimes from the 90's, at the Museum and see the changes. In my old-er age, I'm going to look back at some of these and reminisce, you see.

PS There are no plans/rumors that this one is coming down. Just so you don't get the wrong idea.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Old Charm

One reason I like going to Wellington and Auckland is that they have, in their downtown areas, beautifully restored lovely old buildings. Nelson is not devoid of them, but many are tolerated, just, with interiors converted to the generic-retail style, seldom taking advantage of the existing charm. This one, for example, I can see turned into a lovely collection of shops selling one-off (even vintage) clothes, lingerie, kitchen ware and gifts, books/CDs, shoes, embroidery/quilt materials, or hand-made toys. A girly emporium of sorts, with a florist on street level. Maybe an architect's office or a women's gym at the top. Or the entire thing turned into a boutique hotel with a boulangerie/cafe, replacing the street-level "roof" with maybe a striped awning. I particularly like the stained glass designs.

Sorry about the color; Sunny Nelson has been having uncharacteristic number of rainy and gray days, but we are now allowed sunny patches.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Finished Walls

Whakatu Incorporation building opened a couple of months ago. I've exaggerated the colors a bit so you can see the concrete panels that emulate Maori wood carving. Inside, there's supposed to be a spectacular woodcarving, but I haven't been inside to see it yet; perhaps I'll go ask if I could photograph it one day. You saw the start of this building here.

There's a new South Island (of New Zealand) DP named Milton Daily Photo. Truth to tell, I don't think we've ever been to Milton, but if it's 50km south of Dunedin, it must be near the Dunedin Airport? Please check it out.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Forklift, Anyone?

I said, "Hey, we can hire a forklift."

Ben said, "What for?"

I said, "Oh, just to drive it around. I don't think I need a driver's license if we do it at our place."

Ben snorted.

It's been a while since our last drive-by shooting. The tiny pagoda-like building on the left is the Tahuna branch of our library. Come to think of it, I don't think either of us have ever been inside this one.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Fat Cat

Not his body, but his face, and the expression! He's in front of the Bead Gallery Design Store on Hardy St, where you find ready-made necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

The real Bead Gallery, where you can buy beads and make your own bijou, is a short car ride away from the center of town, on Parere Street; it's an amazing, well-stocked, cave-like heaven. then there is a tinier version of it in the Richmond shopping centre.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Zoom Out

This is the wide shot taken by 17mm (300mm on yesterday's shot).

Friday, September 05, 2008

Another Panorama View

This time, it's from the Matangi Awahio Walk. It is made from 5 hand-held shots I took just an hour ago.
Unfortunately, we have a heavy grey sky, today.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Litter Arty

My favorite used bookshop in Nelson; possibly under new management also - I need to go back and check. It used to be owned by a young couple and baby Poppy. Very funky interiors, and at times, (you know, that's the face of used bookshops,) they have an amazing collection of not-so-old art books. At the Rutherford end of Hardy Street.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Old Vic Rose

One of the old Nelson establishments, Victoria Rose, changed hands recently, rrgo the new color scheme. I wished they kept the old name; the new one is a mouth-full: The Vic Mac's Brewbar. Brewbar?

Monday, September 01, 2008

September 2008 Theme Day: Sister Cities

Here is a little closer look of Miyazu Garden.

Miyazu, Japan, northeast of Kyoto, is one of our sister cities. We have a large Japanese Garden named after the city, and beyond the coastal road, SH6, you see the boulder bank which resembles the Amano hashidate (天橋立) boulder bank (?) in Miyazu. (Sorry, neither Meg nor I've ever been to Miyazy.)

Nelson's sister cities are: Miyazu, Japan, City of Huangshi, People's Republic of China, and Eureka, California, United States of America.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants in this month's theme day.

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