The Changing Seasons, July 2019

Photo 30-07-19, 3 53 18 PM Tongiriro River, Turangi, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019

My July began and ended with travel, leaving the in-between bit less than memorable.

Work took the Big T to Melbourne, and I joined him for a long, sunny weekend. Melbourne is a city I know well, so seldom do touristy things there. Instead I’m happy to walk the different neighbourhoods, visit galleries, drink far too much coffee, and enjoy the vibe.

Last week I drove to Whanganui to see my father, tacking on a side trip to Palmerston North and an overnight stay in Turangi on the way home.

Whanganui’s an attractive city with a thriving arts scene (definitely a bonus), but what makes the trip even better is that it takes me through some of the North Island’s most rugged and beautiful scenery.

Looking at the photos I’ve taken this month, street art and stunning sunsets seem to predominate. I was about to sigh wistfully and say it would be wonderful if every month offered up such treasures — but I suspect I really just need to look harder.

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share whatโ€™s been happening in their month.

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
  • Donโ€™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
  • Donโ€™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.

Please check out the Changing Seasons — July 2019 for these awesome bloggers:

Ruth at Ruth’s Arc

Joanne at My Life Lived Full

Sarah at Art Expedition

Pauline at Living in Paradise

Tish at Writer on the Edge

Little Pieces of Me

Jude at Life at the Edge

Marilyn at Serendipity — Seeking intelligent life on Earth

Brian at Bushboys World

Mick at Mick’s Cogs

Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind

Lani at Life, the Universe and Lani

DJ Ranch

A Wonderful Sheep

Ju Lyn at All things bright and beautiful

Gill at Talking Thailand

86 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons, July 2019

  1. What a beautiful collection of marvellous photos, Su Leslie! I think I’d very much love Melbourne and its art and sense of humour.
    I often think the same about taking ‘selfies’ instead of taking photos of art and/or details along your way. What’s interesting of having ‘you’ in front of the Eiffel Tower or the Chรขteau of Versailles???? Nada…. Anyway, mustn’t grumble – being negative isn’t making me happy. But your photos and stories do – thank you.

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  3. Melbourne is one of my favourite Australian cities. I confess I have a bit of a fetish for the tiles in the arcades there. Sounds like you had a fabulous time, Su. Coffee and people watching. Fabulous.

    I hope your dad was well. It looks like such a nice drive to visit him.

    My monthly contribution will be late again I’m afraid.

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  4. Now I am starting to get itchy feet again, it has been far too long since I even ventured out of Cornwall! But travel has to wait a while longer. Your NZ photos are enticing me back to your country, so much beautiful landscapes and Whanganui looks very interesting. I’m not so keen on the Melbourne sculptures though, they seem a little weird to me. Not sure I’m going to get my monthly post in as it is blowing a hooley here today!

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  7. Ah – so many beautiful photos and art and photos of art!! ๐Ÿ˜ I’m literally drooling over it all and can’t wait to see both cities for myself one day! Love the street art, especially that sad looking fish! And the land- and cityscapes are wonderful! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•

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  8. really enjoyed the street art, art, and buildings
    oh and sunsets and sky shots.
    but the street shots – esp the ones with the murals or art walls – really interesting and the photos just offer so much for viewer’s to glean on their own.


  9. What does Tofu for Dolphins serve up? Or is it even a cafe? (You know me, always fixated on eatables)

    I have enjoyed your dreamy and scenic shares …. older Daughter and I were just marveling at your Long cloud last night. From this end, I fully echo your intention to keep looking to find the sunrises!

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  15. You have really captured the atmosphere and quirkiness of Melbourne, a city I love too and would like to visit more often. As for Wanganui I think I will have to put it on my “to visit” list next time I am over. Well once more I have just managed to squeeze in, all be it one day late….

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  17. All photos great as usual Su. But I just love that mountain and I can’t wait to see it. Bali is competing with NZ for our next destination. I’m favouring NZ. Jo Bali. We’ll see. Melbourne is an exhausting place. I spent last night down there after going to the footy. Our team lost so the crowd was more despondent and more relaxed. The other side was from Adelaide so not so many of those crow-eaters around. We spent the night at our friends’ city apartment and that was wonderful. I’ll put something together for July. Cheers

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        • ๐Ÿ™‚
          I used to avoid Sydney, but was lured back by Sculpture by the Sea and was surprised by how much I like the city.
          I think, as with Melbourne, that when I visit I tend to stay very close to the CBD and use public transport (in off-peak hours), and I’m on holiday so don’t feel rushed. My partner spends a lot of time in Melbourne for work and experiences it more like a (jaded) local.

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  22. Nice to meet you, Su. I’m participating! Heard about the challenge from Sarah, the washing machine expert. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the snaps of the street art. Miss a good art scene, ever since I moved to Thailand. Most cities don’t cultivate creative spaces. Cheers!

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