DP Photo Challenge: glow

Japanese maple leaves against bokeh sunlight. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Image: Su Leslie, 2017

In Taupo recently, I visited the Waipahihi Botanical Gardens as the sun was beginning to set. The sun filtering through foliage of a Japanese Maple created an almost ethereal glow.

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DP Photo Challenge: layered

Macro shot of echinacea (I think) flower. As the flower opens, new layers are revealed. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Echinacea (I think). As the flower opens, new layers are revealed. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

One of the great revelations I’ve experienced from turning my camera lens on the natural world is how complex and multi-layered even the smallest life forms can be.

I’m still not great on the actual names of plants or their constituent parts (e.g. are these images of echinacea?), but I’m getting there.

Close up shot of pink and yellow echinacea flower, with open petals and pollen-coated stamen. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Echinacea flower, close up to reveal multiple layers. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

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DP Photo Challenge: waiting

Waiting for the music. Close up shot of young girl about to begin her routine in the Highland dancing competiton at the Helensville Show, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Waiting for the music. Highland dancer competing in the Helensville A&P Show Highland Dancing competition, Auckland NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Competitions always involved lots of waiting; for the event to begin, for your turn to perform, and for the judges’ decision.

Here are a few moments of waiting from this year’s Helensville A&P (Agricultural & Pastoral) Show, north of Auckland.

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DP Photo Challenge: structure

Structures of life. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

All life is dependent on a myriad of tiny structures, combining to create forms which interact with others. 

From the strong, almost transparent wings of a bee, to the plants they feed on and pollinate, if we destroy just one structure, we put the whole system at risk.

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Ooh shiny: distractions, diversion and delicious detail

Close up shot of minature smurf toys; giveaways at the petrol station. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Giveaways at the petrol station. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

I’m in need of distraction at the moment. The last few weeks have left me feeling adrift in a slightly leaky boat, buffeted by the waves of others’ moods and problems. So anything that provokes a smile is very welcome in my life. I just didn’t expect it to come in the form of tiny plastic Smurfs!

One of the petrol chains is obviously doing some Smurf-related promo, and is handing out these little toys at the checkout — one for every forty dollars spent on gas.

I know it looks like I must drive an awful lot, but yesterday my (very) modest Smurf collection got a huge boost when the attendant made a mistake with my transaction and handed over some bonus toys by way of apology. Yes, I had already admitted that I was collecting them!

Close up colour shot of two miniature toy figures against blurred background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Smurfs on tour. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The little people are currently engaged in a road-trip photo shoot round an out-of-date calendar. And not entirely enjoying themselves by the look of it.

Close up colour shot of two miniature smurf toys against blurred background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Twilight shift with Smurfs. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

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