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.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | glow

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Regular Random: five minutes with cavolo nero flower buds

Close up shot looking down onto pale yellow cavolo nero flower buds radiating from stem.  Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Cavolo nero flower buds. Image; Su Leslie, 2017

This year is the first I’ve grown cavolo nero in my garden, so I had no idea what to expect when the plants started to go to seed. Certainly not the mass of beautiful and delicate yellow flowers radiating from a slender stem.

And because there is something quite ethereal about the flowers, I couldn’t resist editing a few shots in aged b&w.

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

If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
  • have fun!

Regular Random: five minutes with tea and lemon-rosemary cookies

Afternoon tea, with lemon-rosemary cookies. Shot of vintage plate, cup and saucer with three star-shaped cookies on plate and assam tea with lemon in cup. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Afternoon tea, with lemon-rosemary cookies. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

My friend Sarah at Art Expedition sent me her recipe for Lemon-Rosemary cookies, and while my first couple of batches do rather lack finesse, Sarah’s recipe is really good and the cookies taste fantastic.

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

If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
  • have fun!

 

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

Daily Post Photo Challenge | layered

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.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | waiting

Regular Random: five minutes with three good things

Loving the freshness of rosemary. Shot of rosemary sprig with golden beetroot and garlic? Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Loving the freshness of rosemary — with golden beetroot and garlic? Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Three Good Things approach to cooking has found great favour in our kitchen. The combination of simplicity and discipline (just three main ingredients) really works.

Rosemary seems to be my latest food-crush; at least in part because it is so prolific in the garden. Having deemed the rosemary and feta scones a success (recipe to come) I got to wondering how the pungent, piney flavour would get along with some golden beetroot I found in my fridge.

The answer? I’ll let you know when the beets are roasted.

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

If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
  • have fun!