Looking for a little personal space


Gannet colony; Muriwai New Zealand. Su Leslie 2017

“The crowd intimidates me, its breath suffocates me. I feel paralysed by its curious look, and the unknown faces make me dumb.” — Frederic Chopin

I suspect that if there is, somewhere, a photo of me in a crowd, I would be the embodiment of Chopin’s words. As far as I know, there isn’t.

But I wonder; could introversion ever be a character trait in gannets?

Given their highly communal breeding and chick-rearing habits, it’s not a trait that I’d wish on them.

In response to Debbie’s Quotation-inspired challenge at Travel with Intent



Early morning light, Collins Park, Greenhithe, NZ. Image: Su Leslie

Landscape is my mistress– ’tis to her I look for fame. — John Constable


Each week Debbie at Travel with Intent offers a quotation to inspire image-sharing. This week’s quote comes from the English landscape painter, John Constable.