Wordless Wednesday

Sign of spring; first leaves and buds on fig tree. Close up image of single unfurled fig leaf, fruit bud and several furled leaves against out of focus background. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Sign of spring; first leaves and buds on fig tree. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

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Fun with the digital colouring-in book

Close-up shot, new leaves of Photinia, Red Robin (I think). Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Photinia, Red Robin (I think). Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Stackables and Snapseed.

Sometimes the unlikeliest image attaches itself to my imagination. The new leaves on what I think is a Photinia Red Robin (gardeners PLEASE correct me if I’m wrong), offered a nice composition with which to play.

I have become rather fond of the textures and colour effects of the Stackables app, and always enjoy an excuse to play there. This week’s editing and processing theme at Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge (at Lens and Pens by Sally) gives me just such an excuse.

Close-up shot, new leaves of Photinia, Red Robin (I think). Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

new leaves of Photinia, Red Robin (I think). Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Close-up shot, new leaves of Photinia, Red Robin (I think). Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

New leaves of Photinia, Red Robin (I think). Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Close-up shot, new leaves of Photinia, Red Robin (I think). Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

New leaves. Photinia, Red Robin (I think). Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Driven to abstraction

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Monochrome, macro shot of pohutukawa leaf, edited with Snapseed, Pixlr and Stackables. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Pohutukawa leaf. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed, Pixlr and Stackables.

In nature, it is normal for all parts of an organism –and indeed an entire eco-system — to work harmoniously to ensure survival.

The veins in a leaf transport water and nutrients (1); the health of the plant depends on that flow. All parts of the leaf need water and minerals so they can transport sap back to the rest of the plant. Neglect, decay or disease in any part of the system affects the well-being of the whole.

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Pohutukawa leaves. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed, Pixlr and Stackables.

It’s a simple idea that we accept in nature, yet ignore when it comes to human lives and systems. We over-fish and pollute our oceans, dig up and burn fossil fuels, destroy rain forests and the thousands of species that live in them, build roads and cities over land that once produced food, contaminate our food and water supplies … the list seems endless.

We have forgotten the most elemental truth:

The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth. — Marlee Matlin

In these pohutukawa leaves we can see the connections and the journeys between every part of the structure. I can edit the images in many ways, but the relationship stays the same.  Survival of the whole depends on the health of all the parts.

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Pohutukawa leaves. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed, Pixlr and Stackables.

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally, and Ailsa’s Travel Theme at Where’s my Backpack. The theme in both cases is abstract.

(1) Leaf, Wikipedia.