Friday flora

Impressionistic double-exposure image. Colour close-up shot of pohutukawa leaves. Image has been slightly overexposed to create a soft effect in pale greens and apricot/bronze shades. Su Leslie 2019

Pohutukawa leaves; double exposure. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Constant rain and high winds in the last couple of weeks have left many flowers looking utterly bedraggled, particularly the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron flowers I so often photograph.

The most colourful find on yesterday’s walk were the pohutukawa trees, with their mix of bright green, red and bronze leaves. Perfect for another double-exposure experiment!  This shot was a bit over-exposed, but I rather like the sof palette of greens and almost apricot shades that resulted.

So here’s one I prepared earlier

Close up shot of small green/red plant growing around the snowline at Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Alpine flora. Seen on Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

My blogging week is looking to be a bit disrupted, so I thought I’d take this as an opportunity to offer something I made earlier.

I’ve scheduled a few posts for the coming days, with images I shot of the beautiful and tiny plants growing around the snowline on Mt Ruapehu.

I don’t know what any of them are sadly, so if anyone in this wonderful blogging community with more botanical knowledge than me does know — please share.

And thank you to the BBC’s Blue Peter for the title of the post series.