The Changing Seasons, July 2019

Photo 30-07-19, 3 53 18 PM Tongiriro River, Turangi, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019

My July began and ended with travel, leaving the in-between bit less than memorable.

Work took the Big T to Melbourne, and I joined him for a long, sunny weekend. Melbourne is a city I know well, so seldom do touristy things there. Instead I’m happy to walk the different neighbourhoods, visit galleries, drink far too much coffee, and enjoy the vibe.

Last week I drove to Whanganui to see my father, tacking on a side trip to Palmerston North and an overnight stay in Turangi on the way home.

Whanganui’s an attractive city with a thriving arts scene (definitely a bonus), but what makes the trip even better is that it takes me through some of the North Island’s most rugged and beautiful scenery.

Looking at the photos I’ve taken this month, street art and stunning sunsets seem to predominate. I was about to sigh wistfully and say it would be wonderful if every month offered up such treasures — but I suspect I really just need to look harder.

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.

If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to this post, I can update it with links to all of yours.

Please check out the Changing Seasons — July 2019 for these awesome bloggers:

Ruth at Ruth’s Arc

Joanne at My Life Lived Full

Sarah at Art Expedition

Pauline at Living in Paradise

Tish at Writer on the Edge

Little Pieces of Me

Jude at Life at the Edge

Marilyn at Serendipity — Seeking intelligent life on Earth

Brian at Bushboys World

Mick at Mick’s Cogs

Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind

Lani at Life, the Universe and Lani

DJ Ranch

A Wonderful Sheep

Ju Lyn at All things bright and beautiful

Gill at Talking Thailand

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Relax: it was a beautiful day in Melbourne

St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Docklands, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Enjoying the sunset, Docklands, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Posted to Debbie’s One Word Sunday | relax

Walkabout whimsy

The Changing Seasons: October, 2017

Nature's kaleidoscope. Close up shot of thyme flowers, seen from above with green foliage out of focus in the background.. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Nature’s kaleidoscope. Thyme flowers, seen from above. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

October felt like a month in which I’ve been merely a visitor.

True, I made trips to my dad’s in Whanganui  and to Melbourne with the Big T. But even at home in my garden, I’ve watched nature get on with the job of regenerating after winter, while I’ve simply observed.

The Changing Seasons  is a blogging challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month.

These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

The Changing Seasons V1:

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

The Changing Seasons V2:

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

DP Photo Challenge: peek

Close up shot of gold women's glove with gold and red dragon design and braclet and red/gold dress -- on mannequin at exhibition 'Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Detail of dress and glove, exhibited at ‘Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

In Melbourne last week I visited the exhibition, The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Here’s a little peek at the one of the exhibits.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | peek

The old and the new … and the not quite what it seems

Bois & Charbons; run down out-building at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Out-building at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie, 2017. Edited with Snapseed.

The Bois & Charbons (wood & coal) sign-writing on this Melbourne building suggests advertising from another age.

The building is part of the Abbotsford Convent Arts Centre, though it is neglected and apparently unused. When I took the photo, I did wonder how a French coal merchant came to have premises within an Australian convent, but stranger things have undoubtedly happened.

Although I took the shot over a year ago, I’ve largely ignored it. The presence of air-conditioning units, steel barrels, and other signs of modernity detract from the assumed authenticity of a piece of Melbourne’s past. They interrupt a nostalgic, romanticized reading of the scene.

What changed my mind is knowing that the Bois & Charbons signage is fake. It was painted in 1987 when the building was used in as a location in the filming of a TV series  about Nancy Wake, a WWII heroine of the French Resistance.

Over-laying the fantasy with another layer of imagining. Aged black & white treatment, shot of Bois and Charbons; film location and out-building at Abbotsford Convent Arts Centre, Melbourne. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Over-laying the fantasy with another layer of imagining. Bois and Charbons; film location and out-building at Abbotsford Convent Arts Centre, Melbourne. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

As a medium, photography allows and encourages us to play with notions of reality and authenticity.

Something we all need to remember when we consider the old idiom “a picture paints a thousand words.”

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge is hosted at Lens and Pens by Sally.