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The little people are currently engaged in a road-trip photo shoot round an out-of-date calendar.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

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge | ooh, shiny

DP Photo Challenge: elemental

Close up shot of rocks at Langs Beach, NZ with sea, sky and islands in the background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Rocks at Langs Beach, Northland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Air, water, earth; the visible elements in my landscape. But the strongest force to shape Auckland and Northland is its largely unseen, but ever-present volcanoes — fire in its most extreme form.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | elemental

Regular Random: five minutes with a magnolia branch

Close up shot of half-open white magnolia flower against out of focus background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Magnolia flower. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

The magnolia tree in our garden has been slow to flower this year. For what seems like forever, tender buds have sat proudly upright, refusing to spread their velvety white petals.

Last week, a few flowers broke ranks, and by this morning it seems that many of the others have relented.

Given the brief moment of flowering, magnolias seem a perfect subject for this week’s #regularrandom.

Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge), is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

 

DP Photo Challenge: texture, take 2

Tactile and textural. Close-up colour shot of bubble-wrap. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Tactile and textural; a stray piece of bubble-wrap. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Who can resist bubble-wrap?

And is the texture more apparent in black & white?

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More obviously tactile in black & white? A stray piece of bubble-wrap. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Daily Post Photo Challenge | textures