Yuzu blossom and fruit bud. Image: Su Leslie 1019
The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. — Michael Pollan
Image: Su Leslie 2018
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” — Anne Lamott
Ragtag Daily Prompt | Dawn
“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” —
Images: Su Leslie 2019
Posted to Debbie’s weekly quote challenge.
Point of stillness. Image: Su Leslie
Tui feeding in kowhai tree. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Maybe I’m stretching the definition of elusive a bit here. Tui are abundant in our garden at the moment, with record numbers feeding on the kowhai, flax and fuchsia in the neighbourhood.
Photographing them is a different matter. Today is the first time I’ve managed to get close enough to focus my lens on the birds and not just the foliage.
Images: Su Leslie 2019
Ragtag Daily Prompt | elusive
Chatting to the neighbour. Our local sheep are so used to people, they approach, rather than run away. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Sunflower. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Image: Su Leslie 2019
‘Damien Hirst Looking for Sharks.’ Sculpture by the Sea, 2018. Image: Su Leslie, 2018
Bike bits No. 1. Image: Su Leslie 2018
Bike bits, No. 2. Image: Su Leslie 2018
Cheesy corn bread. Image: Su Leslie 2018
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Close-up; purple agapanthus buds. Image: Su Leslie, 2017
Image: Su Leslie, 2017
“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” — Charles M. Schulz
A favourite camellia. Image: Su Leslie 2018
Shoe art, my friend Claire’s studio. Image: Su Leslie
Detail, ‘Invisible City’ sculpture by Anton Parsons, Lambton Quay, Wellington NZ. Image: Su Leslie
I recently saw a photo which consisted of a square of pale pink wall. On the very far right of the image, was a rectangle of black, and tiny cluster of brighter pink flowers.
I loved it! The simplicity and minimalism of the shot is so totally outside my photographic aesthetic or vocabulary.
Seeing Patti’s choice for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge — Filling the Frame made me realise how much I do exactly that. I try to minimise distraction and guide viewers to see the my subject more clearly by presenting it front and (generally off-) centre.
Yet the ‘pink-wall’ image achieved exactly the same goal, focusing my attention not by foregrounding the flowers, but by filling the frame with “white space.”
Expect some attempts at this from me soon.
Enjoying the blossom as a gift on a grey, windy day. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Disused railway yards, Patea, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie 2017
Old shop and dwelling, Whanganui, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie 2018
Farm shed, Taranaki, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie 2019
One Word Sunday | dilapidated
Rain and blossom; spring at my place. Image: Su Leslie 2019
In Wellington recently I had a really good pot of green tea (at Dumpling’d on Boulcott Street for anyone local). The menu described it as green tea with rose petals and fruit, and it was delicious.
I’m dubious about a lot of flavoured teas since I discovered the added sugars, oil and sundry other ingredients in the fine print, but I figured I could probably get close to replicating the taste with — well, green tea, rosebuds and fruit.
I was right.
The green and rosebud teas came from our local Asian grocer, and the fruit is dried apple slices from the supermarket. My first attempt wasn’t great, but second time round I was more generous with the roses and apple, and I added some fresh lemon thyme from the garden.
I would do my happy dance, but I don’t want to spill tea down my front.