Children being soaked by large wave breaking over rocks, Milford Beach, Auckland, January 2016. Image: Su Leslie

Summer fun, Milford Beach, Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

It’s school holidays here, and although I’m sure there will be kids on Auckland’s beaches today, I doubt they’ll be quite so keen for a cooling-off.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge | Cooling


Sometimes it almost feels like paradise

Auckland lies on an isthmus between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours. The Waitemata, on the east coast, is the better known and much more popular, with most of the city’s best swimming beaches and easy access to open water for sailors.

The Manukau, by contrast, is a huge, relatively shallow and largely enclosed harbour, accessible from the Tasman Sea only by crossing the treacherous Manukau Bar.

This afternoon, the Big T and I took advantage of some rare sunshine to drive out to Cornwallis, on the Manukau.

I’m glad we did.

While this is obviously not a six-word post, I am sharing it to Six Word Saturday, hosted by Debbie at Travel With Intent.

Seven day black & white photo challenge: day 7


I’m joining Sarah at Art Expedition in taking part in the Seven Day Black & White Photo Challenge.

The rules are:

Seven days. Seven black & white photos of your life. No people. No explanations. Challenge someone new everyday.

I don’t really do the “challenge someone” thing, but I invite anyone who’d like to join in to do so.

Farewell DP Photo Challenge


Silhouette of youth. Posted to The Golden Hour DP Photo Challenge, 17 July 2013. Image: Su Leslie, 2013

Like many in the WP community, I’m sad and a little disappointed at the demise of the Daily Post Photo Challenge. It’s been instrumental not only in helping me develop my own photographic skills and confidence, but more importantly, in introducing me to a huge number of amazing bloggers.

I wouldn’t say that the shot above is an absolute favorite image, but it’s one of the earliest I ever posted to a challenge, and it does still make me smile.

It reminds me how different life was five years ago. My boy-child was 15, and although he was happy to spend time with his parents, he was already looking beyond us to a world of his own making.

Daily Post Photo Challenge |all-time favorites