Regular Random: five minutes of caterpillar feeding frenzy

Thanks entirely to the Big T’s efforts at butterfly husbandry (more on that to come), our swan plants are positively heaving with Monarch caterpillars.

Most of them are huge and are rapidly chrysalising (if that’s a word) — which is fortunate because at the rate they eat, they are in danger of running out of food.

So this week’s five minutes of random was spent watching swan plant foliage disappear before my eyes.

Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge) is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.

All photos ©Su Leslie, 2017

Regular Random: five minutes with some yellow flowers

I’ve almost got the remains of the Big T’s bouquet out of my photographic system, deriving nearly as much pleasure from close examination of the blooms’ decay as from their beautiful heyday.

In this shoot and my earlier posts of images of a solitary gerbera, I was really conscious of how powerful blackness is. In this, I am unashamedly inspired by the work of NZ photographer Fiona Pardingdon, and in particular her exhibition A Beautiful Hesitation, which I visited multiple times and have never ceased to be enthralled by.

Thanks to Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist for Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge) which gave me the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with a bunch of dying flowers and a lot of black space.

All photos ©Su Leslie, 2017

Regular Random: five minutes with the office bookshelves

The shelves in my office have become a repository for all sorts of bits and pieces as well as the books; plastic toys, the boy-child’s pentominoes, my Peter Viesnik glass perfume bottle, my first attempt at doll-making (uncharitably dubbed Lorde after a hard night) and even a lei from the wedding we attended on New Year’s Eve.

No staging with this shoot; just a quick (five minutes in fact) snapshot of personal treasures I’m sharing as part of  Desley Jane‘s RegularRandom challenge.

If you’d like to know more about  Five Minutes of Random #regularrandom (or just want to see some great photography), check out Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.

All photos ©Su Leslie, 2017

RegularRandom: five minutes contemplating breakfast

The walnut and cranberry sourdough bread I baked a few days ago is still fresh enough not to need toasting, and was perfect with my morning latte.

In the spirit of mindful eating, I’m trying to make food more visually appealing, using our more interesting crockery, and setting the table with a cloth hand-embroidered by my paternal grandmother — whom I never met.

I’m sharing my breakfast contemplation as part of  Desley Jane‘s RegularRandom challenge. If you’d like to know more about  Five Minutes of Random #regularrandom (or just want to see some great photography), check out Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.

Five minute pause in the proceedings #regularrandom

I was so taken with Desley’s Five Minutes with Ms Robot post — where she shot the same scene multiple times over a five-minute period — that I thought I might do the same.

I only remembered while the Big T and I were enjoying a few drinks to celebrate ticking off another of the “things-we-have-to-do-to-get-the-house-on-the-market” jobs, so I definitely didn’t exceed the five minute restriction.

I’ve also played a bit more with the editing than Desley, but for me that’s part of the fun.

If you’d like to know more about Desley’s Five Minutes of Random #regularrandom (or just want to see some great photography), check out Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.