Pretty maths


Algorithm as art. Image: Su Leslie 2018

Nature is full of fractals; endlessly repeating patterns of elements that remain the same regardless of scale. Trees, seashells, hurricanes and galaxies are all examples.

In mathematics, an equation can be calculated over and over to produce complexity from simplicity. From this, fractal generating software will process familiar images into detailed (and beautiful) patterns.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge |patterns


Night coming on strong


“The blue hour”, Silo Park Auckland. Image: Su Leslie 2018

Lens Artists Photo Challenge | blue

The post title comes from the Roy Orbison song ‘When the Blue Hour Comes.’

The good times are all gone
The night keeps coming on so strong
You can’t hold on, no matter what you do
Will there be someone who cares for you
When the blue hour comes?
When the blue hour comes?

And when your restless heart
Tears your world apart
And everywhere you turn
It’s falling down on you
Will there be a light that shines for you?

… Read more: Roy Orbison – When The Blue Hour Comes Lyrics | MetroLyrics

I couldn’t find a recording of Orbison singing it, but I do like this version by Joan Osborne.

Wondering what is on his mind

Posted to Six Word Saturday at Travel with Intent

And …

My friend Sarah at Art Expedition is hosting a variation on the Seven Day B&W Challenge — this time the image must include people.

The rules of Sarah’s Seven Day B&W Challenge — Street Photography are:

• Thank the person who has nominated/tagged you and provide a link to their blog.

•  Go out and take pictures of complete strangers for 7 days in a row and post one of them each day of the challenge (you can also post 7 photos in one post if you´re more comfortable with this).

• The photos should be in b/w.

• Nominate as many people as you like

As always, I’m not a fan of individual nominations, but invite everyoneto take part in this if you can fit it in your blogging schedule.

Regular Random: five minutes with a prawn & soba noodle salad


Lunch bowl. Prawn and soba noodle salad with yuzu, avocado and mint. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Last week I posted a shot of some ingredients I was planning to use for a lunch recipe.

I was looking for ways to use some of our citrus, especially the yuzu, and an online search gave me this recipe from a site called Great British Chefs.

I omitted the tablespoon of brown sugar in the dressing, and the cucumber because they aren’t in season and at $5 each, didn’t seem essential. I also forgot to sprinkle sesame seeds on top, but apart from losing that little bit of crunch, I don’t think it really mattered.

This is the result. I have to say, it was really easy to make and really yummy.

I had planned to add grapefruit segments, but chickened out and put a few in a bowl on the side to “taste test.” I like the avocado-grapefruit combination and it was ok with the prawns, but overall, I think it would be better as a separate recipe.

Regular Random is a photo challenge hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. Please pop over and take a look;  and if you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to not interfere with the subject, instead see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post

Sweet enough

I’ve rather lost my sweet-tooth of late and now find a lot of traditional desserts, and even breakfast foods just too full of sugar.

These days, the natural sugars in fruit are more to my taste.

Home-made banana pancakes with fresh feijoa slices, sprinkled cinnamon and a wee slick of maple syrup — just perfect.

Silent Sunday | Sugar

But is it art?


Gnome sweet gnome? Su Leslie 2018

“There is no abstract art.  You must always start with something.
Afterward you can remove all reality.” — Pablo Picasso

Picasso also said “we all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth”, while the American art philosopher, Arthur C. Danto described art as “embodied meaning” — apparently to distinguish Andy Warhol’s Brillo Boxes from actual Brillo boxes.

So is my image art? It contains a stripped-away (and colour-inverted) image of  art — a cast-glass sculpture by Gregor Kregar (Creature exhibition, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui.)

Is it whimsy? A comment on homelessness? Or is it nothing more than a collection of pixels to which you each will respond in your own way? Please let me know.

Debbie at Travel with Intent started me on this train of thought with this week’s quote-inspired challenge. If you haven’t already, pop over to see her wonderfully abstract images.