DP Photo Challenge: focus

Close up shot of hibiscus bud. Out of focus, bokeh background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Focal length 55mm | F/ 5.6 | 1/100 sec.

Hibiscus bud. Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Focal length 55mm | F/ 5.6 | 1/100 sec.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | focus

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge

Close up shot of Pohutukawa-like flower. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Pohutukawa-like flower: but blossoming in May? Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables

I saw several of these plants at Westhaven Marina recently and can’t figure out whether they are out-of-season Pohutukawa, or a similar species that flowers (much) later.

Either way, they provided cheerful little bursts of red along the marina’s boardwalk.

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

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: macro

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Close up shot of purple flower with mass petals and pale lilac stamen. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.” — Jeremy Bentham. Image: Su Leslie, 2016, edited with Snapseed.

Surrounded by the accumulated junk of a life lived so long in the same place, I’m beginning to feel a little besieged.

This has been my week for house-cleaning; emptying cupboards and drawers, un-stacking shelves and generally fossicking around to bring into the light stuff that we have acquired during our almost 16 year tenure in this house.

And oh my, there is a lot of it.

I’ve sorted clothes, books, business records, photographs, ‘spare’ crockery and glassware; I even ventured into the very back of the top shelf of the cupboard in the hall (after which I can say that, come the apocalypse, we’re sorted for tea-lights, plastic containers and wine glasses)!

While it is incredibly satisfying to reduce clutter, reclaim space and generally take a weight off the house’s foundations, I have been so engrossed in my task that I’ve hardly ventured outside.

So this week my contribution to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge is a single shot of a pincushion flower; chosen to remind me that its ok to have a lot of something (in this case petals), as long as all the individual elements work harmoniously together.

I still think I can cull the tea-lights though.