Connected at the heart

Close up of blue thistle head, filling frame. Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Blue thistle. Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

It’s odd how the brain makes leaps when you need it to.

Fellow blogger Gallivanta at Silkannthreades, sent me this link (Community Spirit, at The Mundanity of it All)  about a community rallying around to help an elderly woman, recently widowed, prepare her house for sale. It’s a story about people engaged in everyday goodness, and I’m sure many (hopefully most) of us could tell a similar story.

Because despite the very real, very scary things that are happening in our world, everyday life for many of us is at least sprinkled with kindness. With a desire for positive, even if fleeting, connections with others.

And oddly, that’s where the blue thistle comes in. All those individual flowers separated from the others on the surface, are of course joined at the centre, and wouldn’t survive without that connection. Nor would the plant as a whole survive without the individual flowers reaching outwards.

Maybe that is something we need to remember. That no matter how much we grow out and in our own direction, we all spring from the same heart. It’s both what feeds us, and makes us meaningful.

Written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally

Regular Random: five minutes with some yellow flowers

I’ve almost got the remains of the Big T’s bouquet out of my photographic system, deriving nearly as much pleasure from close examination of the blooms’ decay as from their beautiful heyday.

In this shoot and my earlier posts of images of a solitary gerbera, I was really conscious of how powerful blackness is. In this, I am unashamedly inspired by the work of NZ photographer Fiona Pardingdon, and in particular her exhibition A Beautiful Hesitation, which I visited multiple times and have never ceased to be enthralled by.

Thanks to Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist for Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge) which gave me the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with a bunch of dying flowers and a lot of black space.

All photos ©Su Leslie, 2017

Friday flowers, the Sunday edit

The wild weather has kept me inside over the weekend; playing with the photos I took last week. I rather like this edit of the last gerbera.

Sea, sky and serenity

Two girls silhouetted against darkening sky. Sunset, Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Watching the sun setting, Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed.

The long-predicted rain has arrived and is expected to remain across the country for a few days, so I’m glad the Big T and I spent last evening at Muriwai Beach.

It wasn’t the most spectacular sunset we’ve ever seen, but we both felt refreshed by the combination of sea air and nature’s light show (and the gannet colony — but that’s another post).

Posted to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

Regular Random: five minutes with the office bookshelves

The shelves in my office have become a repository for all sorts of bits and pieces as well as the books; plastic toys, the boy-child’s pentominoes, my Peter Viesnik glass perfume bottle, my first attempt at doll-making (uncharitably dubbed Lorde after a hard night) and even a lei from the wedding we attended on New Year’s Eve.

No staging with this shoot; just a quick (five minutes in fact) snapshot of personal treasures I’m sharing as part of  Desley Jane‘s RegularRandom challenge.

If you’d like to know more about  Five Minutes of Random #regularrandom (or just want to see some great photography), check out Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.

All photos ©Su Leslie, 2017