Regular Random: five minutes getting up close with clematis

Close up colour shot looking into clematis flower with radiating stamen filling the shot. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Clematis stamen. Image; Su Leslie, 2017

The neighbour’s clematis is in full flower, cascading over our shared fence and providing a beautiful burst of colour and texture.

Close up shot of clematis flower, focusing on yellow stamen. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Clematis. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

I’ve photographed the flowers and buds before, but was particularly taken this time with clustering and texture of the vivid yellow stamen.

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!
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(not quite) Wordless Wednesday

A snack for the journey. Closeup shot of two cookies and an expresso in a glass. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

A snack for the journey. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

These last few days I’ve been a bit absent from Word Press, so this afternoon I’m trying to catch up on the posts I’ve missed — fortified by a couple of salted caramel snaps and an experimental espresso.

The Changing Seasons: September 2017

Close up colour shot of water droplet hanging from white plum blossom petal. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Water droplet hanging from plum blossom. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

I really like the way that writing a monthly Changing Seasons post makes me look back over the photos I’ve taken, trying to find a theme that captures some sense of the month that’s gone. On occasion, there’s a single image that pops out at me and says “I’m the one.”

And so it is for September. A month of darling buds and constant rain; of birthdays and high politics. A month of uncertainties and an ever-shifting “normal.”

There is a sense that life, in many ways, hangs like the water droplet. Falling is inevitable — the question only is will the drop fall in a place where it does good, or harm? But unlike water droplets, we have some ability to choose where we land.

The Changing Seasons  is a blogging challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month.

These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

The Changing Seasons V1:

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

The Changing Seasons V2:

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

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!