Lone surfer, Muriwai. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Lone surfer, Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

One of the first dates the Big T and I had was to Muriwai Beach, on Auckland’s west coast. It was a mid-winter afternoon; we sat above Maori Bay, drank Guinness and listened to a tape recorded by New Zealand musician, Luke Hurley.

Japanese Overdrive –from that album — remains a special song for us. The title of this post comes from the lyrics, as does the line below, which captures perfectly how we’ve been feeling lately.

We could cruise in the country, but we’re lost in town. Concrete, glass and tarmac bring a pretty girl down.

Luke Hurley, Japanese Overdrive, 1986

Sunset, Muriwai Beach. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Sunset, Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

We could never have imagined, sitting together with beer in hand, that years later we would be walking together on Muriwai Beach, planning our escape from the concrete, glass and tarmac that’s become so wearying to us.

Sunset, Muriwai Beach, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Lesie, 2015

Sunset, Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. Image: Su Lesie, 2015

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. This week’s theme is nature.

“If I fell in love with you, where would it end?”

25 thoughts on ““If I fell in love with you, where would it end?”

  1. Your images are beautiful Su, I listened to the song too, there was a melancholy to it that took me by surprise. We live in the country and are hoping to find somewhere even more rural, there are different kinds of stresses but I cant imagine a city life again. I hope you find the place you are looking for.

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    • Thanks Julie. I never thought I’d want to leave “the city” but I really can’t wait! Just as I’ve learned to appreciate the remnants of rural we have where we live now (decent-size garden and our own water supply), the city has encroached to the extent that we can hardly go anywhere without sitting in traffic for hours.


  2. Pingback: Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (Refraction Series, 2015) | Lens and Pens by Sally

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