Six word Saturday: I voted … and now I wait

Polling has closed in NZ’s general election. Now we wait for the result. I’m waiting with a glass of wine because it’s my birthday and I’ve asked the universe for a new government. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

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Regular random: five minutes with some lavender, a bee and the hope of new beginnings

Close up shot of bee on lavender stalk. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Lavender lunch. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Signs of spring are everywhere this week; from new growth on the fig tree to plum blossom and a huge increase in the number of bees around. This one was very busy enjoying lavender.

The images for this week’s Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) were all shot at Savage Memorial Park on Bastion Point in Auckland.

Savage Memorial is the burial place and monument to Michael Joseph Savage, New Zealand’s first Labour Prime Minister — and one of the country’s best loved leaders. He died in office in 1940, having led the government that established our country’s welfare state — now largely dismantled by successive neo-liberal governments.

Tomorrow there will be a general election in New Zealand. Growing inequality, increasing poverty, declining child health and the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world are all issues that have come to the fore in this campaign, and there is real hope that by tomorrow evening we may have a new government. One committed to the values of compassion and justice that informed Savage’s Labour government in the 1930s.

Spring is, after all, the season of hope.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
  • have fun!

DP Photo Challenge: layered

Macro shot of echinacea (I think) flower. As the flower opens, new layers are revealed. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Echinacea (I think). As the flower opens, new layers are revealed. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

One of the great revelations I’ve experienced from turning my camera lens on the natural world is how complex and multi-layered even the smallest life forms can be.

I’m still not great on the actual names of plants or their constituent parts (e.g. are these images of echinacea?), but I’m getting there.

Close up shot of pink and yellow echinacea flower, with open petals and pollen-coated stamen. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Echinacea flower, close up to reveal multiple layers. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Daily Post Photo Challenge | layered

Friday flowers

Close up shot of plum blossom. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Plum blossom. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Close up shot of plum blosssom cluster highlighted against dark background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Plum blossom, take 2. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The plum blossom has survived the rain and wind we’ve had all week, and this morning I noticed the neighbour’s clematis has sent a tendril over the fence with these two flowers attached.

The first clematis flowers of the season. Close up shot of pink clematis against blurred background.Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The first clematis. Image: Su Leslie, 2017