In the last couple of weeks we have had some truly wonderful misty mornings and the temptation to try and capture some of the errie stillness of local parks has been too great. Last Friday I walked a little in the park at Hobsonville Point, Auckland.
Until a few years ago, Hobsonville was best known as a military base, with highly restricted access. However, the base has now closed and the land has been sold for private housing development. I can’t say I entirely agree with the wholesale scraping and levelling that has taken place to build a few thousand houses, two schools and a cafe, but at least now the public has access to the coast at this quiet little spot in the Upper Waitemata Harbour, and there does seem to be some attempt to build community spaces amidst the very high density housing.
One of the first things to be completed in the communal area was a children’s play area. It has a strong “nature” theme, with a number of organic, plant-like structures created amongst the more traditional play equipment like swings and climbing frames. As a mother who remembers the hours spent watching the boy-child play in parks across Europe and the Pacific, I can’t help wondering if the people who designed some of the more sculptural elements of this play area actually had kids.
Sally’s theme this week at Lens and Pens by Sally is “nature.” For me, mid-winter in temperate Auckland, the most noticeable feature in the natural world lately has been the weather, and in particular the morning mists.