DP Photo Challenge: I’d rather be …

Early morning under lowering skies with low cloud around Mt Tongariro, SH1 south of Turangi, North Island, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

SH1 south of Turangi, North Island, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

… on the road. Especially the Desert Road which traverses the North Island’s volcanic central plateau. Although the road is often busy, the landscape itself is barren and desolate.

The road to Whakapapa village and ski-field, and the Chateau Tongariro, central North Island, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

The road to Whakapapa village and ski-field, and the Chateau Tongariro, central North Island, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

… or perhaps the road to the Whakapapa ski-field and a few nights of luxury at the Chateau Tongariro.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a coastal dweller, but I always find peace and a sense of well-being in the mountains.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | I’d rather be …

 

Regular Random: five minutes with some pink flowers

Detail from bouquet of pink resurrection lilies. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Amaryllis belladonna or Lycoris squamigera both sometimes called Naked Ladies. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

My late mother in law loved flowers, and while she was still able to garden, bought and planted blooms of all sorts. It seemed that whatever the time of year, Joy’s garden always offered some colourful, often fragrant, delights.

She died about 18 months ago, and the garden has become rather wild and overgrown. But the flowers remain, and I couldn’t resist picking a few of the flowers that line the long driveway.

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!

Update: some additional botanical research has left me unsure if the “lilies” are Amaryllis belladonna or Lycoris squamigera (resurrection lily)– both members of the Amaryllis family and not lilies at all.