DP Photo Challenge: Earth

Stripping the earth. Earth-moving equipment sits by mound of scraped topsoil. Site of new housing development, Hobsonville Point, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Stripping the earth. Site of new housing development, Hobsonville Point, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

I guess I am being somewhat literal in my interpretation of this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge.

All around my city, topsoil is scraped and carted away, trees are wrenched out and whole ecosystems are destroyed. The land is stripped of its ability to sustain life, ironically to make way for more people who rely on the Earth for sustenance.

Am I missing something here?

DP Photo Challenge: surprise, take 3

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Praying mantis devouring Monarch caterpillar. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Now this was a surprise! I’ve always thought of praying mantises (manti?) as kind of cute. Until I saw this one enjoying lunch.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | Surprise

DP Photo Challenge: Surprise, take 2

Close-up shot of praying mantis on photographer's arm. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The surprise is that the photo was in focus, given how I was holding the camera while coping with a praying mantis climbing my arm. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

After witnessing a praying mantis snacking on the last (yes last) Monarch caterpillar the other day, I’ve taken to patrolling the milkweed plants and surrounds to protect the remaining chrysalis and new butterflies from these cute, but lethal beasties.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | Surprise

DP Photo Challenge: security

Protesters in Auckland's Queen Street, marching against TPPA, 2014. Image: Su Leslie

Thousands protesting against TPPA, Auckland, 2014. Image: Su Leslie, 2014

While New Zealand does not have an unblemished history in terms of the State’s reaction to peaceful protest, I do still feel secure in my right to challenge those who govern in my name.

Young and old, Maori and Pakeha; united in exercising the right to peaceful protest. Anti-TPPA marchers, Auckland, 2014. Image: Su Leslie.

Young and old, Maori and Pakeha; united in exercising the right to peaceful protest. Anti-TPPA marchers, Auckland, 2014. Image: Su Leslie.

At a time when human rights are increasingly threatened, we must all raise our collective voice in their defense.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. — Pastor Martin Niemöller

Daily Post Photo Challenge | Security

DP Photo Challenge: dense

Mt Taranaki, shrouded in dense cloud. Seen from Opunake Beach, Taranaki, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Mt Taranaki, shrouded in dense cloud. Seen from Opunake Beach, Taranaki, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

For much of last weekend when the boy-child and I were away, clouds filled the skies of the central North Island. It is common for low skies to completely obscure Mt Taranaki, but here the outline was still visible, shrouded in dense, swirling clouds.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | Dense

DP Photo Challenge: green

A celebration of green. Daily Post Photo Challenge | it IS easy being green