Landscape Notes

Observations of places and things in a disconnected postmodern world

Month: September, 2016

The Pond

An artificial pond built on the edge of a farm by my Father, Mr M C Menneer, in 1995 to provide habitat for waterbirds and introduced wetland plants. When I pass by this pond there are often herons, ducks and cormorants in residence. In summer the pond is full of frogs and their cacophony of croaks and rasps can be heard across the greater landscape.

Pond. Hawke's Bay.

— Pond. Hawke’s Bay.

George Bolt Memorial Drive

This fringe landscape is adjacent to a large shopping precinct. I stood at the spot where the asphalt finished in the carpark and admired the Eucalyptus gums in the distance while thinking about the connectivity of these two contrasting landscapes. A pathway enables people to move freely from one landscape to the other, and provides an opportunity for users to experience and to ponder these two distinctly different places.

Tethered saplings. George Bolt Memorial Drive, Manukau City.

— Gums and tethered saplings. Manukau City.

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Two Chairs and Accordian Room Divider

To create this room, someone, about 50 years ago, presumably an architect, has laboured over drawings and applied creative thought by the application of physical and mental energy to find a desirable outcome that delivers a functional and aesthetically pleasing space for learning. Thereafter, a steady stream of people have used this space, been influenced by it, and have responded to it.

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— Room TT4.01. University of Waikato.

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Dry Bones

Dry bones. Panekiri Station.

— Dry bones. Panekiri Station.

Tasman Sea

Heading west we left behind the volcano and then came to the Tasman sea. Men on trailers forked their garden green waste onto the dunes, weird, but permissible, apparently.

Tasman Sea, New Plymouth.

— Tasman Sea, New Plymouth.

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A-Frame House

A-Frame house. Ohaupo.

A-Frame house. Ohaupo.

Christiania Ski Club Lodge

The Christiania Ski Club Lodge was built in 1976 the year after the formation of the Tukino Mountain Clubs Association. The association was formed as a single structure to manage the ski area and owns both the ski tows on the Tukino Ski Field at Mt Ruapehu.

Map wall. Christiania Ski Club Lodge.

Map wall. Christiania Lodge, Mt Ruapehu.

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Tree stump and saplings

Picture taken in the Opoutere Forest, Coromandel Peninsula where an exotic pine plantation had recently been cleared-felled and the land subsequently sprayed with herbicide in preparation for replanting.

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Clear-felled landscape. Coromandel, New Zealand.

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