Sunset, Oamaru Harbour, New Zealand. Su Leslie 2018

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. — Martin Buber

I’ve never been particularly into the “here we are at the Eiffel Tower” type of travel photos, and as my choice of travel destination has become less and less “tourist hotspot”, my photos focus more and more on the small, the quirky and most of all — the natural landscape.

Looking at images from recent trips, I realise the thread that runs most strongly through them is water — and especially bodies of water during the “golden hours.”

Evening, South Beach, Whanganui, New Zealand. Su Leslie 2018

So perhaps, in Buber’s words, my “secret destination” is a beach at sunset. And it’s true that no mater where I am in the world, if I can end my day watching the sun go down over water, I will feel at peace.

Burke Street Wharf, Thames, New Zealand. Su Leslie 2017.

Mahurangi Harbour, Mahurangi East, New Zealand. Su Leslie 2018.

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63 thoughts on “Travels

  1. All fabulous. How far are you from the water then Su? Can you walk to a beach or does it necessitate using a car? I have to agree with you that being by the ocean is a very peaceful experience and watching the sun set over water is always a magic sight. Saying that I rarely make it to the coast at that time! Something to change this year.

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    • Thanks so much Jude.
      I probably live about 600m from the Upper Waitemata Harbour (at high tide), but itโ€™s mostly mudflat round here. There is one local swimming beach, a wharf to swim off and a couple of places to launch a little beat from. My preferred beaches are all a drive away. I used to drive to a beach for morning walks occasionally, but started getting stuck in traffic on the way home and they became much less appealing.

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  2. These are glorious, Su. I, too, am a fan of nature in my photos and have a hard time finding many other shots when I look for answers to challenges. I gravitate toward mountains although I live on the plains, but I do love beaches and sunsets so these are all winners to me.


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  3. You just captured two of my most soul-soaring favourites: the beach, sunsets(&sunrises too, I guess, although that requires some getting up quite early in the morning which is not particularly easy for me!).

    Thank you for sharing these beauties!

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  4. With landscapes like this who needs touristy pics from the ET and such?! In nearly 11yrs in the Paris region I haven’t been once on the Eiffel Tower, have precious few photos of it – and all of them of the quirky, funny, unplanned type (same as yours)…. I therefore wholeheartedly agree with you – just send me that airplane one-way ticket now please!!!!

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    • Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™ The last time we went to the ET (over 10 years ago) it was heavily guarded, the queues to enter were absolutely massive and it wasnโ€™t a fun experience. I was glad we had been before, in more relaxed days.

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  5. Wow. Now I have to come to NZ. Went to Oz for the first time ever and that was wonderful. Next time we need to make one more hop, skip, and jump south. Beautiful photos. I can’t choose the one I like the best. Although they all have land and water, they all have such individual expression. Thanks for sharing your art here!!

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  6. These pics are all amazingly beautiful, Su! You really, really need to publish one of those lovely coffe table books that I so much love browsing through, it would sell like crazy! Or better still: an exhibition and an accompanying catalogue!! ๐Ÿ˜Š xxx

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    • Thank you Jack. NZโ€™s landscape is shaped by the same forces, and places. (Beaches especially) look alike. I do sometimes look at particular images and wonder where I took them. Or is that a senior moment?


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