The Changing Seasons: August 2017

"Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun." -- John Lennon. Moon over Mahurangi East, New Zealand, with two tree stumps in foreground.. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.” — John Lennon. Twilight, Mahurangi East, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Sometimes when I look over my month’s photographs for the Cardinal’s Changing Seasons post, I find a theme that somehow makes sense of the 30-ish days that have just passed. Sometimes a single image captures some truth about my life.

Not this time. My August has been all over the place (emotionally, if not geographically).


Magnolia buds. Image: Su Leslie, 2017


In flower. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The month began in hope, with our magnolia tree finally in full blossom. Today I noticed the last few flowers amongst the fresh green leaves.

Giveaway Smurf toys provided a fun distraction as I tried my hand at miniature photography.

Too many rainy days meant infrequent trips to the beach. But each visit renewed and refreshed me.

A few cold, rain-free days brought foggy mornings and spectacular sunsets.

Close up shot of dark pink gerbera-like flowers on white background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.” —      John Lennon. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Not sure why John Lennon is so on my mind at the moment, but going with it, here’s Beautiful Boy from the Double Fantasy album. Because my beautiful boy-child is always on my mind.

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” — John Lennon

The Changing Seasons  is a blogging challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month.

These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

The Changing Seasons V1:

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

The Changing Seasons V2:

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

42 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons: August 2017

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  3. Lovely shots as always, Su, but the one with the flowers may be my favorite. You’re transitioning into spring as we slowly move toward fall. Right now, though, it’s mostly in the mind, as summer still seems to be in full possession of the seasons. I’m okay with that. 🙂 I hope your September is filled with more peace and good weather.


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  4. I love that John Lennon song—it was so revealing and so emotional. And heartbreaking, given how his life ended right around the time it was released with his beautiful boy still just a baby. I hope your beautiful boy is doing okay.


  5. If your season is changing, then so is ours. You are about to come into the nicer weather and we are about to deteriorate into not so nice weather.
    Global tensions are high and I’m sure they have an effect on personal tensions. It is a good world and we will heal.
    Hugs, Leslie

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  6. Your magnolia bud pictures are stunning, and the rainy day one makes me feel at home 😉 I’m having a musical afternoon with blog posts, having so far been diverted to Simon and Garfunkel, Dusty Springfield and now John Lennon!

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  7. So many lovely photos of your month Su. I hope things are settling down for you emotionally. Being thrown out of kilter is disturbing. As you approach spring and warmer weather, we northerners enter autumn, “Too soon” she cries! and I am hoping for warm weather to continue so I can get to those less crowded beaches! However, I do like autumn so I shan’t be too sad and the Aussie family are over for a few weeks too which will be exciting. Wishing you a more convivial September
    Jude xx

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    • Thanks so much Jude. I’m coming to terms with the new normal and learning a lot about myself in the process — as we all do when life throws curve-balls at us. I hope your autumn is long and gentle. It’s my favourite season wherever I live, and I did particularly enjoy English autumn when I lived there.

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    • Mine too. I so vividly remember hearing of his death. It was the first “celebrity” death that really impacted on me. My first “I remember exactly what I was doing when I heard” moment. His music is a great legacy, but I can’t help wondering how much more he could have done.

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      • That´s exactly what I always wonder too – what he could have done with his music if he were still alive. It always felt like he was just at the beginning of his potential really, even though he was a Beatle!
        The first celebrity death that impacted me like that, although I can´t really say that I was a big fan or anything like that, I just liked her like so many other people did, was Lady Di.

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        • I feel the same way about John Lennon. I wasn’t really a Beatles fan (although I’m old enough to remember them as a band), and I think that both Lennon and George Harrison did much better work solo and in other collaborations.
          I was living in England when Princess Diana died. I was pregnant with the boychild, and I remember the Big T coming back from the supermarket and telling me he’d heard it on the car radio. In the UK, it was like the world totally stopped for about a week — until after the funeral. It was the most incredible outpouring of grief — and anger. She was such a complex figure and her death opened up all sorts of fissures in British life. And it was 20 years ago yesterday.

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