Cloudy with frequent showers; strong southwest.

Some morning sun bathed the garden in a soft light today. Fern leaf #2. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Some morning sun bathed the garden in a soft light today. It didn’t last. Fern leaf #2. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

For inhabitants of a land which is seldom subject to any real extremes of weather, we New Zealanders are oddly obsessed with it. Perhaps is part of our British colonial legacy — weather provides a topic of conversation that permits polite interaction without the risk of straying into contentious territories.

Of my home city, Auckland, it is said that we often experience “four seasons in a day.” Today has been one of those days; warm and humid, grey and windy, cold, bursts of sunshine. Not a day for venturing far without a raincoat and strong hair-clips to hold wayward fringes in place.

I’ve chosen not to venture anywhere much at all. This morning I wandered around the garden, noting how much the lawn has grown and weeds have invaded. I toyed with the idea of clearing some overgrown ferns on the boundary, but decided to photograph them instead, before retreating back indoors.

Fern leaf #2. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Then the rain returned and the world felt grey. Fern leaf #2. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

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After the rain, everything seems greener. Fern leaf #2. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Fern leaf. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

An emotional, rather than physical landscape is represented today. Fern leaf. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

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It’s evening now; and perhaps the wind will drop soon. Fern leaf #2. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Music often uses the weather as a metaphor. I’ve always quite liked Crowded House’s Four Seasons in One Day and Take the Weather With You.

This post was written for the weekly Phoneography and non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

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23 thoughts on “Cloudy with frequent showers; strong southwest.

  1. Marvelous, marvelous commentary–I especially like that you took the lines and shape of the fern and liken it to the seasons. Your processing is a perfect way to combine your images with your text. Your thoughts about weather and its effects upon us are very much on my mind. We are experiencing a grey, grey winter with bitter cold and not much snow. But Spring is nearing. Weather is a constant reminder of Mother Nature’s powerful presence and overpowering hold upon us. Happy Photo Challenge.

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  3. Great photos. The weather turned suddenly on us yesterday and the temperature dropped about 10 degrees. I must say it was a relief to be able to sleep at night for a change. Hope you had a nice day yesterday. I spent it doing my beading. Starting to look good.

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    • Hi Raewyn. I’m enjoying the cooler night temperatures as well. Had a very meh day yesterday. Am missing the Big T who has been away almost constantly for weeks and really feeling that the life we have just isn’t sustainable. I’ve spent years “being around”, having my life shaped by other people’s needs and although it’s coming to an end with the boy-child’s increasing independence, I feel a bit as though I’ve lost my sense of self somewhere along the way and I don’t quite know what do to next.

      I’m looking forward to seeing your dress. Happy beading πŸ™‚

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      • Mu daughter leaves next week for Wellington. That is hard. It will be very quiet here without her, not to mention tidier. The mess I will not miss. I am getting used to being on my own and hopefully with new meds can start getting out and about again – doing my own thing without the constant criticism.

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      • It will be strange without her (mess or no mess)! Our children’s independence is a tribute to us, but it doesn’t make it any easier. We argue constantly about “mess”, but really I think it is just a symptom of my unhappiness that I am focusing on the little things. Or perhaps that my life has shrunk until it’s only the little things left. I’m glad you are settling in and starting to move forward with your life. I hope this year is the start of much happiness to come.

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      • Thanks Su. Our whole objective on having children is making sure that they become great, independent people on their own. Still as a mother it is hard to see that happen. I am trying not to focus on the small things but on enjoying the time left. I hope you find some joy too to fill in the days.

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      • That’s so true. I’ve told my son I’ll consider myself a success as a parent when he leaves home and builds a good life for himself. Perhaps I’ve got a sort of emotional “empty nest” malaise. I need a new purpose!

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    • Thank you Doda. So lovely to have you back in the blogosphere :-). I am really looking forward to being on holiday. We are always so busy doing our own thing; my little family hasn’t had a proper holiday together for years; certainly not since the boy-child became a bona fide “grown up.”

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