The colour pink

Tulip petals, multiple exposure shot. Image: Su Leslie

Pink is the colour of the month at Jude’s Life in Colour photo challenge.

Pink is often consdered a calming colour; associated with love, kindness, and femininity. A by-word for all things romantic, feminine and girly.

Yet interestingly, in the 19th century, pink was considered a colour more appropriate for boys; a childish version of the “masculine” colour red.

My photo archives are full of pink-in-nature (yeah, I love photographing flowers), but I’m challenging myself to look beyond my obvious. So here’s my pot pourri of pinks; foodie things, arty things, a sunrise, found objects and some photo-experiments; in-camera and with PhotoShop.

Dried rosebuds for a tisane. Image: Su Leslie

Putting out the best china. Image: Su Leslie

Lux Festival of Lights, Wellington, NZ. Image: Su Leslie

Eco-print; eucalyptus leaf on silk. Image: Su Leslie

Door knocker, seen in Bordeaux, France. Image: Su Leslie

Out of reach. Image: Su Leslie

Seeing double. Multiple exposure shot of pohutukawa leaves. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Mangere sunrise. Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie

Image: Su Leslie

Image: Su Leslie

Give it a whirl; making the troll dizzy with PhotoShop. Image: Su Leslie

If you’d like to join in, pop over to Travel Words and read Jude’s introduction.


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Image: Su Leslie 2019

When we think of monochrome in photography, it’s often as an alternative to colour — or even as its opposite.


Fern frond. Image: Su Leslie 2019

We might allow sepia — with its connotations of nostalgia.

But sometimes, nature presents us with monochrome images; green leaves, a bunch of flowers, or a perfect blue day on the lake.


Image: Su Leslie 2019


Image: Su Leslie 2019


Image: Su Leslie 2019

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Lake Tarawera, Rotorua, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019

I’m sure there are others.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | monochrome


Daily Post Photo Challenge: Vibrant


Seen in the Winter Garden, Auckland Museum Domain. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

In need of a change of scenery after days of trying to bring order to the chaos of stuff we’ve accumulated, I sneaked off to the glasshouses of the Winter Garden at the Auckland Domain.


Seen in the Winter Garden, Auckland Museum Domain. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Bold, vibrant, cheerful; the best kind of colour therapy.


Seen in the Winter Garden, Auckland Museum Domain. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

This post was written for the Daily Post Photo Challenge. The theme is vibrant.

Weekly Photo Challenge: hue of me


“I really just want to be warm yellow light that pours over everyone I love.” Conor Oberst

Yellow is a colour of contradictions; on one hand we associate it with wealth, sunshine, optimism and happiness – and on the other with cowardice, jealousy and caution.

Yeah, sounds like  me – apart from the wealth bit.

I don’t wear yellow much any more, and the last time I decorated a room with it was when we did the boy-child’s nursery in blue and yellow with “raining cats and dogs” Ikea-print curtains.

It’s a colour I photograph a lot, and one I paint with, though mostly round the gold end of the yellow spectrum there.

“Fame stole my yellow. Yellow is the color you get when you’re real and brutally honest. “ Rosie O’Donnell, Celebrity Detox.


“As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.” Ovid.

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“ “gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold”.’
‘Is there a chorus?’
‘ “Gold, gold, gold, gold, gold”.’ said Hwel.
‘You left out a “gold” there.” Terry Pratchett

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge theme is “the hue of you.

Here are some posts I enjoyed:

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

Tangled up in Blue