“Time for you to go out to the places you will be from”

Growth and decay. Photo-montage; cherry blossom and leaf skeleton. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Fused.

Growth and decay. Photo-montage; cherry blossom and leaf skeleton. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Fused.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. — Seneca

Until recently, I only knew that quote as a line from the song Closing Time by the American band Semisonic.

Not that the provenance really matters in terms of the basic wisdom of the words — as any gardener who has just dug home-made compost into their vegetable patch will tell you.

As the Big T and I are moving (albeit at glacial speed) towards changing and simplifying our lives, it becomes clearer that the end of one era facilitates the start of another. Especially as the boy-child has flown the nest.

I shot the two photos in this montage last week on a road-trip through the central North Island. As I spend more time out of Auckland, I realise that small-town — or at least provincial — New Zealand is almost certainly part of my new beginning.

I’ve played with the colour editing a little bit, and am not sure which version I prefer. What do you think?

Photo-montage; cherry blossom and leaf skeleton. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed, Stackables and Fused.

Growth and decay #2. Photo-montage; cherry blossom and leaf skeleton. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed, Stackables and Fused.

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. The title is also a line from “Closing Time.”

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26 thoughts on ““Time for you to go out to the places you will be from”

  1. My choice would be the softness of the first one. It seems to complement both the pink of the flower and the delicate lacy quality of the leaf.
    I’ve always liked that quote. Endings often imply a bit of sadness, but overlaying the concept of a new beginning on the horizon provides both hope and anticipation.

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  3. I like both versions and your song choice Su, we are trying to move too but tackled it this summer in a manic headless chicken way, obviously that did not work, glacial seems a better way forward.

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