DP Photo Challenge: atop

View of Kaipara Harbour, from Atiu Creek Regional Park, Tapora, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

View of the Oruawharo River and Kaipara Harbour from Atiu Creek Regional Park, Tapora, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

There is a hint of autumn in the air. Auckland’s oppressive humidity has disappeared and I feel invigorated enough for long walks.

View of the Kaipara Harbour from Atiu Creek Regional Park, Tapora, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The Tauhoa River, Kaipara. Seen from Atiu Creek Regional Park, Tapora, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The Atiu Creek Regional Park covers over 800 hectares of bush, farm and wetlands north of Auckland with walking, cycling and horse-trekking trails criss crossing the landscape.

The park was gifted to Auckland in 2006 by owners Pierre and Jackie Chatelanat, who wanted to protect it from development and allow people to enjoy its beauty.

Views from atop the parks many hills are panoramic and stunning.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | atop

Daily Post Photo Challenge: a good match, take 2

A good match: raspberries and chocolate. Dark chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache topping, filled with berries and ganache. Image (and cake): Su Leslie, 2017.

A good match: raspberries and chocolate. Dark chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache topping, filled with berries and ganache. Image (and cake): Su Leslie, 2017.

It was the boy-child’s 19th birthday yesterday, so I made him this chocolate raspberry cake to share with friends and workmates.

I’m not a particularly confident cake-maker, but am told this one went down well.

Close up shot of chocolate cake, with white chocolate ganache topping and raspberries. A good flavour match. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Raspberries and white chocolate, definitely a good match. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Daily Post Photo Challenge | a good match

PR Photo Challenge: a good match — the boy and …

… his skateboard

Skateboarding boy airborne. Image: Su Leslie, 2010

The boy-child and his skateboard; inseparable. Image: Su Leslie, 2010

… snow

Boy building snowman, Mt Ruapehu, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2011

Having fun at Mt Ruapehu. Image: Su Leslie, 2011

… food

Boy eating in a restaurant. Image: Su Leslie, 2009

The boy-child enjoying Peking Duck at Auckland restaurant, Love a Duck. Image: Su Leslie, 2009

 

… his dad

Father and son. Image: Su Leslie, 2009

“two peas in a pod?” The big T and our boy-child. Image: Su Leslie, 2009

Apologies for posting some old images to this challenge. The boy-child turned 19 yesterday and I’m feeling nostalgic.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | a good match

DP Photo Challenge: against the odds

Modern-day Aucklanders against backdrop of b&w image of Auckland's past. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

What are the chances, eh? Twenty-first century Aucklanders present at the official opening of Cornwall Park in 1903. Image: Su Leslie, 2015.

While actual time-travel remains in the realm of science fiction, photography and film do give visual glimpses into the past. The black and white photo above (1) is of the official opening of Auckland’s Cornwall Park in 1903. The white-haired man on the balcony is Sir John Logan Campbell, one of Auckland’s wealthiest and most prominent early citizens. In 1901 he had gifted the park –comprising 230 acres of his estate — to the city.

Cornwall Park is still one of the largest and most popular parks in Auckland. It includes the volcano Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill), the summit of which is the resting place of Logan Campbell, who died in 1912 aged 94.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | against the odds

 


(1) Photo of Cornwall Park opening, 1903. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-A253.

DP Photo Challenge: solitude, final take

Woman dwarfed by Bernar Vernet's sculpture '88.5 degrees ARC x 8. At Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Bernar Venet, ‘88.5 ARC x 8′. Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara Harbour, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Apologies to those who have seen this photo before, but when I think of how joyous solitude can be, it is to be alone with my thoughts before great art.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | solitude