‘Reflection of a Journey‘, Torild Storvik Malmedal (2015); marble and glass. Seen at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2018. Image: Su Leslie
Kaipara weather; rain on the way. Shot on the wharf at Shelly Beach, Kaipara. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Air and water.
As tide, wind and rain, they have immense power. A few years ago I watched very similar clouds roll down this harbour. By the time I got home on that occasion, the storm had brought a tornado which ripped through the area where I live, killing three people. Homes were flooded and people evacuated. A whole street was destroyed.
This time, we have been lucky.
Posted to One Word Sunday | power
I live on a blind corner. Cars speed round it terrifyingly fast and often. Parking here is a bit of a lottery — and daft since there’s a long strait just ahead. Parking like this (if you can call it parking) is just mental. I watched in dismay this afternoon as one car after another swerved to avoid this stupidly parked vehicle; and am still shaken by how narrowly a neighbour avoided a head-on collision.
Inconsiderate driving behaviour seems to be on the increase — a sign of a wider malaise perhaps?
Posted to One Word Sunday | confusion
Four large trailer-loads of prunings later, I can see the fence again.
Bit of a contrast to this morning ….
Posted to One Word Sunday | contrast. Thanks to Debbie for hosting.
Rotorua Visitor Centre, in old Post Office Building. Su Leslie 2019
“The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.” — HARUKI MURAKAMI
Posted to Debbie’s One Word Sunday | night
It’s only a short road-trip but the goal is to see my destination with new eyes — those of someone who might want to live there.
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The Big T is away and I am in full “sort my shit” mode. Which sent me to the garage in search of boxes. Which led me to the Christmas decorations.
Which of course led to a “ooh, shiny things” moment, and some playtime photographing twinkly lights.
Oh well; the tidying can begin again tomorrow.
Posted to One Word Sunday | circle
Macro photography truly does change the way it’s possible to see the world; focusing in on tiny details unobserved by the naked eye, and saving them as so many pixels on a computer chip.
From the life-cycle of a monarch caterpillar to the fine hairs on a bee’s body, what seemed hidden is revealed.
Visiting a marae (Maori meeting ground) begins with a highly symbolic welcome ceremony. As part of that, a young man of the iwi (tribal group) to which the marae belongs will issue a challenge (wero) to the visiting party.
The challenge involves a symbolic demonstration of the iwi’s fighting prowess in the form of the young man and his weapon. It is asking the visitors “do you come here with peaceful intentions?”
A representative of the visiting group (usually a man) accepts the challenge by picking up the taki — a symbolic object which in many cases is a branch (think olive branch in terms of symbolism).
After that the group is welcomed onto the marae.
You can find out more about this powhiri (welcome process) here.