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Wordless Wednesday: camelia

26 Aug
A single, perfect flower. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

A single, perfect flower. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

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Random moment of delight: on slow walks and busy spiders

26 Aug
Spider web hung with dew. Photo: Su Leslie, 2104

Spider web hung with dew. Photo: Su Leslie, 2104

Yesterday was the first in a long time I’ve given myself permission to go for a walk instead of starting work straight away. Not a particularly long walk – and I did take my camera – but enough to feel invigorated (probably by the cold) and humming with plans and ideas.

The trees were full of spiderwebs, hung with tiny beads of moisture and the morning light produced unexpected colours as a backdrop.

Truly a random moment of delight.

Beads of moisture hang from each thread. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Beads of moisture hang from each thread. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

A world reflected in each tiny droplet. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Barely visible against the morning sky. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Barely visible against the morning sky. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

 

Threaded between leaves; spider web in a tree. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Threaded between leaves; spider web in a tree. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Meghan AKA Firebonnet hosts the Random Moments of Delight Challenge.  You can see the latest moment here.

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DP Photo Challenge: Fray

25 Aug
Frayed roots of a lemongrass plant. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Frayed roots of a lemongrass plant. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Being more of a dressmaker than a gardener, I tend to think of fraying in a negative way. Frayed fabric is weakened and liable to fail. Yet looking at the roots of a lemongrass plant, what appears as fraying is actually the plant’s strength. Roots that spread outwards, fraying more and more into chaotic threads deliver more nutrients and provide stability for the stems and leaves above ground.

The theme of this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is fray. You can join in here, or enjoy some other bloggers’ take on the theme:

http://wordswewomenwrite.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/weekly-photo-challenge-fray/

http://br4ceyourself.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/dp-challenge-fray/

http://mirthandmotivation.com/2014/08/23/weekly-photo-challenge-fray/

http://thinspiralnotebook.com/2014/08/22/fray-coming-apart-at-the-seams/

http://madmeanderingme.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/weekly-photo-challenge-fray/

http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/fray/

http://halfaphotograph.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/scarf-with-frayed-edges/

http://booksmusicandmovies.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/wpc-fray/

http://insellos.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/weekly-photo-challenge-fray/

http://the3gals.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/fray/

http://sfchapman.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/weekly-photo-challenge-fray/

http://pollyannapress.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/into-the-fray/

http://frankjcasella.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/weekly-photo-challenge-fray/

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/08/22/weekly-photo-challenge-fray/

http://silverinthebarn.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/weekly-photo-challenge-fray/

http://2812photography.com/2014/08/22/the-frayed-edge-of-california-hospitality/

 

 

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Six Word Saturday: having fun with a new app

22 Aug
Experiments in fractal art #1. Photo/image: Su Leslie, 2014

Experiments in fractal art #1. Photo/image: Su Leslie, 2014

Not like maths in my day!

Experiments in fractal art #2. Photo/image: Su Leslie, 2014

Experiments in fractal art #2. Photo/image: Su Leslie, 2014

Experiments in fractal art #3. Photo/image: Su Leslie,m 2014

Experiments in fractal art #3. Photo/image: Su Leslie,m 2014

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Steel & grease: the new project in our garage

21 Aug
Mechanical things are not my forte. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Bike bits #1. Mechanical things are not my forte. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

I am the daughter of a perfectionist tradesman; practical and unafraid to get stuck in and fix things when they break. But my long tenure as the Big T’s co-habitee has, I confess, made me a bit lazy. Like my dad, T is enormously handy. He has built bits of our house, maintained our cars,  and sorted out the kind of plumbing and electrical problems that other people would have paid a professional  to do. And I have definitely developed a tendency to ask for his help rather than trying to do maintenance and repair stuff myself.

T spends his days at a computer screen; a mechanical engineer whose work is mainly virtual. But he’s a man who needs a project; a tools out, hands dirty, greasy smell project. Several years ago he restored his old motor bike which had languished in his parents garage while we were in the UK. He doesn’t ride as often as he’d like — but at least now he can.

Bike bits. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Bike bits #2. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

A few months ago he bought another bike to restore. So once again half of the garage is spread with tools and parts. This is totally outside my realm of either knowledge or interest, so I content myself with occasionally taking photos of these machines.

Bike bits #3. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Bike bits #3. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Black and white photography works well for machinery; allowing a focus on shape and texture. I shot these deliberately in quite poor light without my glasses on. I figured I didn’t really understand what I was photographing so I’d just — literally — point and shoot.

Bike bits #4. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Bike bits #4. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

I have friends (and of course a partner) who can look at these photos and not only know what all the parts are, but whether they are original or aftermarket, and can probably tell what size and make the bolts are. I just look at them and think; nice detail, cool contrast.

Bike bits #5. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Bike bits #5. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo challenge this week at Lens and Pens by Sally is black and white. Pop over and have a look.

 

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DP Photo challenge: silhouette

20 Aug
Silhouettes in the mist. Horses at Wainoni Park, Greenhithe, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Silhouettes in the mist. Horses at Wainoni Park, Greenhithe, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

I usually think of silhouette images as being created by relatively bright light behind the subject, yet in these two shots, the  light was minimal and diffuse – a misty winter morning.

In the stillness of a misty morning, trees appear as silhouettes against an indistinct backdrop. Photo: Su Leslie 2014.

In the stillness of a misty morning, trees appear as silhouettes against an indistinct backdrop. Photo: Su Leslie 2014.

The two shots below, by contrast, were taken at particularly intense sunrise and sunset.

John Radford, Sinton Road Windows. Sculpture at Sinton Road Overbridge, Hobsonville, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie 2013

John Radford, Sinton Road Windows. Sculpture at Sinton Road Overbridge, Hobsonville, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie 2013

Sunrise, Charcoal Bay, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013

Sunrise, Charcoal Bay, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013

This post was written for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. You can take part here. Or enjoy some other bloggers’ contributions:

http://hoardercomesclean.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/lewis-and-clark-squaw-creek-and-the-weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette/

http://eatswritesshoots.com/2014/08/19/perched/

http://retireediary.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette-hangzhou-china/

http://thirtysevenandcounting.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette/

http://yvettesas.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette/

http://stilluniquephotography.com/2014/08/19/weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette/

http://aquibeluchi.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/silhouette/

http://6degreesofberlin.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette/

http://joanfrankham.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/silhouette-weekly-photo-challenge/

http://northumbrianlight.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/coates-roundhouse/

http://visualventuring.com/2014/08/19/hawaiian-sunset-sunrise/

http://bmyshot.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette-2/

http://anjaslittleworld.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette/

http://theamateurcamera.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette-2/

 

 

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Travel theme: horizon

17 Aug
Rangitoto sunrise, from Takapuna Beach. Photo: Su Leslie 2013

Rangitoto sunrise, from Takapuna Beach. Photo: Su Leslie 2013

The picture-perfect volcanic cone of Rangitoto Island is visible from all over Auckland. It is the biggest thing on the horizon.

Possibly the only view of the Hauraki Gulf that doesn't contain Rangitoto. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Possibly the only view of the Hauraki Gulf that doesn’t contain Rangitoto. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week at Where’s My Backpack is Horizons.

 

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