Fractured time, fractured images

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Carrots at the local supermarket. Photo Su Leslie. Shot with iPhone4, edited with fractalPhoto.

Carrots at the local supermarket. This is how my time has felt – constantly divided and divided again into endlessly repeating chores. Photo Su Leslie. Shot with iPhone4, edited with fractalPhoto.

It’s been a messy week. I have been working on too many things at once; with each project producing more and more sub-projects and tasks, and my “to-do” list begininng to resemble a Russian novel — with a cast of thousands.

I had intended to respond to Sally’s phoneography challenge with some street photography, but I didn’t manage to get out on the street. The mall and the supermarket would have done, but my phone’s battery died after a few fun shots in the produce department.

So, no street photography. Instead some very symbolic shots of endlessly repeating vegetables and fruit generated with my new “fun” app fractalPhoto.

Cut savoy cabbage on display in the local supermarket. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with fractalPhoto.

Cut savoy cabbage on display in the local supermarket. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with fractalPhoto.

 

Savoy cabbage. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with fractalPhoto.

Savoy cabbage. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with fractalPhoto.

The last four grapefruit from my tree. But I can dream of next year's harvest. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with fractalPhoto.

The last four grapefruit from my tree. But I can dream of next year’s harvest. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with fractalPhoto.

 

Yesterday's lemon harvest. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with fractalPhoto.

Yesterday’s lemon harvest. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with fractalPhoto.

Sally at Lens and Pens by Sally hosts a weekly phoneography and non SLR digital devices photo challenge. You can join in here.

Random moment of delight: on slow walks and busy spiders

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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.

DP Photo Challenge: Fray

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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/

 

 

Steel & grease: the new project in our garage

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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.