Flying high

img_4523 Paraglider with backing group of gannets; Muriwai Beach, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2018

I’m not great with heights (or danger), so while part of me would love to experience the world the way that flying birds do, I don’t think I’ll be signing up for any of the adventure sports that involve hurling myself off a cliff with some ropes and a big hankie to keep me safe.

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Regular Random: five minutes with a Muriwai sunset

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There aren’t too many things more beautiful than a beach at sunset. The Big T and I took a walk last night at Muriwai, on Auckland’s west coast. I snapped so many photos.

Regular Random is a photo challenge hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. Please pop over and take a look;  and if you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to not interfere with the subject, instead see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post.

Regular Random: five minutes with a paraglider at Muriwai

While the Big T and I were picnicking at Muriwai a couple of weekends ago, this para-glider launched and landed a couple of times; looking like he was testing out new gear, or perhaps is still a newbie.

Eventually he managed a couple of sustained periods in the air; sailing over our picnic a little too close for comfort. But at least — unlike the seagulls — he wasn’t after our fish and chips.

Regular Random is a photo challenge hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. Please pop over and take a look;  and if you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to not interfere with the subject, instead see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post.

Silent Sunday

Variations on a theme

Lone man at tide line, Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. Shot at sunset, with gold/ping reflections of the sky in the sand. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Sunset, Muriwai Beach, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Muriwai Beach is a place to which I return again and again. It is the closest west coast (and therefore surf) beach to home, but the attraction lies more in its illusion of endlessness, and the spectacular sunsets so often seen there.

Last night was no exception.

Editing the shot, I accidentally found a new feature in Snapseed which re-lit it as a scene more closely resembling early morning.

Lone man standing at tide line, Muriwai Beach. Golden tones to shot. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

A trick of the light? Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Other variations on the edit suggest (to me) not only different times of day, but perhaps different seasons. What do you think?

The task for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is to find variations on a theme.

As an aside, I found this quote by the great American photographer Dorothea Lange. I’m not sure I agree, but it is certainly food for thought.

“Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion… the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.”  — Dorothea Lange

Six Word Saturday: another day, another couple of beaches

Boy and couple watching waves crash over the seawall at Mairangi Bay, Auckland, NZ during a storm in early January 2018. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Storm-watching, Mairangi Bay, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2018