DP Photo Challenge: rise/set

Sunrise shot of glowing orange skies with clouds reflected in the water of Orakei Basin, Auckland, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Sunrise at Orakei Basin, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Photographers love the ‘golden hour’ whether it’s in the morning or evening.

I’m a morning person, so I’d expected to have more sunrise shots in my archive. Surprisingly, that’s not the case.

What I did find though, is that my morning shots tend to have fewer traces of humanity in them — whether people themselves, or our planet-covering artifacts.

Sunset at Hobsonville Point, Auckland, New Zealand, with house construction silhouetted against golden sky. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Housing development, Hobsonville Point, Auckland, NZ. Image; Su Leslie, 2018


Construction fencing silhouetted against the setting sun. Hobsonville Point, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Daily Post Photo Challenge | rise/set

The Changing Seasons, March 2018

Studying the Property Press, in search of a new home. Two issues of Property Press, cup of coffee and coffee pot. Image: Su Leslie, 2018.

Market research. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

One of the things I enjoy about the Changing Seasons project is how it encourages me to reflect (usually at length) on the month that has gone. Sometimes, there seems to be a theme, or some sort of unifying imagery to the time-period. Other times, it’s just a bunch of random days.

March seems very much the latter.

My garden continues to be a source of great pleasure, not to mention edible treats. Colder temperatures and increased rainfall have not only helped the plants to thrive, but provided some nice photographic moments.

Otherwise, life has been lived off-camera. The Big T’s birthday occasioned some nice meals out and trip to the theatre (1984 — highly recommended).

The boy-child started university and has risen to the challenge of study, work and some personal dramas.

And despite my love of our garden, the Big T and I recognise that it really is time for us to move on. Our house is too big and we no longer have any practical or emotional ties to this area.

We have begun interviewing real estate agents and looking at properties to buy. A trip to Whangarei Heads last weekend allowed us to largely cross one potential “new home” area off the list — despite finding a very cool piece of cliff-top for sale.

We’ve talked about moving often over the years, and usually found reasons to stay put so neither of us is exactly holding our breath this time.

But who knows.

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge, originally hosted by Max at Cardinal Guzman. I’ve taken over hosting duties this year, and if you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to this post, I can update it with links to all of yours.


Here are other bloggers’ Changing Seasons’ posts for March. Please visit and enjoy the month though their eyes. I’ll keep updating this as I see them:

Max at Cardinal Guzman

Marilyn at Serendipity

Joanne at My Life Lived Full.

Joanne also has a second blog called Following a Bold Plan, in which she’s sharing her adventures with her friend Helen as they hike the Trans Canada Trail. Please pop over for a visit.

Tish at Writer on the Edge

Pauline at Living in Paradise

Sarah at Art Expedition

Yvette at Priorhouse Blog

Mick at Mick’s Cogs


Deb at The Widow Badass Blog

Ju-Lyn at Sunrise, Sunset

Ruth at Ruth’s Arc

Colline at Colline’s Blog

Jude at Under a Cornish Sky