When the familiar surprises

“Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” — Henry Miller

I have a favourite walk that takes me round a cul de sac of gardeners — or perhaps people who hire gardeners. Either way, I get to enjoy the ever-changing exhibition of nature in their park-like yards. Today I noticed — probably for the first time — a (lily pilly?) hedge sending out some wonderful red leaves. With a macro lens on my camera, it looked truly lovely. Definitely a golden moment.

Posted to Debbie’s Quote Wednesday

Stop growing; start dying

Turmeric leaf turning brown; time to harvest the rhizomes. Image: Su Leslie 2019

I’m paraphrasing William Burroughs (Junky, 1953) in the post title, but it’s an apt description of my garden right now. Even the fig tree, which is still producing fruit, has no green leaves, and soon will have none at all.

Still growing. Wednesday’s breakfast perhaps? Image: Su Leslie 2019

Posted to Macro Monday

Not just for Christmas

Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) is also known as New Zealand Christmas tree, because it generally flowers around December-January, producing masses of (usually red) flowers.

Pohutukawa is evergreen, and grows in coastal areas, often on the most precarious of cliffs. Long overhanging branches provide welcome shade on beaches and wonderful hiding places for childhood games.

It is a tree I photograph again and again — in all seasons.

Signs of autumn


The oppressive overnight heat and humidity of the last few months seems to have gone, and I’m sleeping so much better.

The mornings are deliciously cool and perfect for walking. It is windy today though, so most of the shots I took are very blurry.


But the signs of autumn are obvious. And I couldn’t be happier.






Seven day black & white photo challenge: day six

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.