The Changing Seasons, March 2021

Image: Su Leslie 2021

For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.

Douglas Adams

Well, that pretty well sums up my month.

Ok, so that’s not quite true. It’s more that my days seem to contain fewer moments I want to photograph. That’s partly about the rhythm of my life, and partly that I’m increasingly focused on photography as an expression of creativity, rather than a place-holder for memory.

In other words, I still want to record the fact that my scarlet runner beans are growing, but damn it, I want the shot to look pretty!

New shoots; scarlet runner beans. Image: Su Leslie 2021

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

So perhaps my month has been less a Douglas Adam’s quote than a Robert Louis Stevenson one.

Almost literally.

With the temperatures dropping a little and a bit more moisture in the air, I’ve been spending more time in the garden, and it seems to be springing back to life (ironic, given that it’s autumn here).

Flower buds are appearing; beans are offering us a second crop; figs and feijoas are ripening — and we have so many chillies I’m in serious need of some new recipes (or more freezer space).

Poblano chilli. Image: Su Leslie 2021

Scarlet runner beans. Image: Su Leslie 2021

Feijoas. Image: Su Leslie 2021

Feijoas. Image: Su Leslie 2021

Fig. Image: Su Leslie 2021

Just picked. Image; Su Leslie 2021

Chrysanthemum buds. Image: Su Leslie 2021

Hibiscus. Image: Su Leslie 2021

Cosmos bud. Image: Su Leslie 2021

Chrysanthemum buds. Image: Su Leslie 2021

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different.

Others focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement. (1)

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Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind

Ju-Lyn from Touring my Backyard

Pauline at Living in Paradise

Tish from Writer on the Edge

Margaret at Pyrenees to Pennines

Marilyn from Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

Natalie at Little Pieces of Me


Brian at Bushboy’s World

Joanne at Following a Bold Plan

Suzanne from Life at No. 22

68 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons, March 2021

  1. Beautiful macros, Su. It’s either me or my camera (haha, guess which one?!) but my macros are not coming out great. Such a narrow focus on the image and way too much blur. So I’ve had a year to work on this, and nothing…Douglas Adams knows me well.


  2. Your description of March sounds like mine. The good thing is that little things are becoming big things, so our sense of perspective is back.

    My post is up in the morning. It’s sparseness reflects the month. I counting on April.

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  3. All your pictures are beautiful, but I need to throw confetti on your bee and flower at the top. It’s spectacular and I’d never take the shot because I’m afraid of bees. I believe in them. Just — keep your distance. Great picture.

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    • Thanks Marilyn. Bees don’t bother me, and here they always seem so intent on feeding that I can get in really close.
      Ironically, I got a wasp sting just after I took that photo 😦


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  5. Oh my Su, your macro photography goes from strength to strength. It must give you so much satisfaction and pleasure to produce these artistic images. I love the image of the fig with the light catching that droplet of water. Thank you for sharing them with us. I am most definitely in the Robert Louise Stevenson camp. Lots of seed sowing going on at the moment. Well actually plant planting…. Autumn is most definitely the best time to be out in the garden.

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  11. Your garden looks magical under your lens, Su. Huge figs! We have had our best year of figs for quite some time. You have been an inspiration to me with cooking produce from your garden. So we found a recipe, spiced fig marmalade on Unfortunately I didn’t have lemons so it didn’t set well but all the same, it is delicious. Also my salvia is taking over. The pineapple sage is abundant. I made mint and pineapple sage chia pudd (threw in some dried fruit). It too was delicious. Take care. Love. Trace

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