DP Photo Challenge | awakening

Close up shot of white plum blossom flower covered in raindrops. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Out of season. Plum blossom in autumn. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Our poor plum tree is confused. After bearing record numbers of fruit earlier in the year, it began to blossom again; fooled perhaps by the unusually warm weather.

Sadly, this awakening was short-lived. Auckland’s weather has turned, and any blossom not torn off in the storm last week has been drenched and blown away in subsequent days.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | awakening

 

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The Changing Seasons: May 2017

Still life with symbolism. Still life of squash, onion, garlic, chilli and ginger with cookbooks, clock, toy car and autumn leaves. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Still life with symbolism. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Perhaps it because the cold has set in, but May has been a slow month; a still life heavy with abundance and oddity.

Rain and wind have turned fallen leaves to a slime covering pavements and lawns, while Antarctic air settling across the country has driven me to turn on the heating and unpack the winter duvet.

It’s time for indoor pursuits, warming food and dreams of adventure — just as soon as it’s warm again.

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!

On little changes and the slow grasp of icy fingers

The last trace of autumn. Macro shot of dying orange leaves. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

The last trace of autumn. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

In the spirit of dialing back my tendency to over-edit, I’ve changed only the Stackables filter on this shot.

The last trace of autumn. Macro shot of autumn leaves. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

The last trace of autumn. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

The changes are subtle. The question is; do they alter perception and mood sufficiently to make them worthwhile?

The last trace of autumn. Macro shot of autumn leaves. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

The last trace of autumn. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

I feel the grip of winter increasing from the first to last shot. But I would, wouldn’t I?

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.