DP photo challenge: early bird

Prisoner of the dawn. Sun rise at Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Prisoner of the dawn? Sun rise at Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

I became a morning person somewhat unwillingly with the birth of my child. In those first days of 5am feeds and fretful napping I could not imagine there ever being a time when I could celebrate the sun rising, much less go out of my way to see it. But months and years passed; early morning crying was replaced by small hands on my face, patting me awake to request a story. Then came years of morning sports’ practices and rushing for early school buses, until finally the day arrived when 7am felt like a lie-in. Now of course, the boy-child can (and does on occasion) sleep until noon, while I stand on a motorway overbridge at 6am photographing the first blushes of colour to greet early-morning commuters.

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Before dawn, and commuters are already moving around Auckland. Photo taken from Sinden Road motorway overbridge, Hobsonville. Su Leslie, 2015.

As the closest, east-facing bit of the harbour to my home, Hobsonville Point has become my go-to place for spectacular sunrises.

This morning, I arrived just before the sun came up and a low mist still shrouded the harbour. From the yacht club I could see south down the Waitemata towards Birkenhead; where sea and sky were indistinguishable and softly grey.

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Gull in flight; Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

Although I could hear commuter traffic, it seemed muffled by the mist, and provided a bassline for the melody of lapping waves and the splash of a lone kayaker’s paddle.

Lone kayak on the harbour, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Lone kayak on the harbour, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Rising sun, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

Rising sun, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

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Rising sun, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

Today is a weekday, and there is a commuter ferry from Hobsonville Point to the city, but this morning there was no-one else around and the sun came up for an audience of one.

This post was written for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: worth getting out of bed for

The view from m office window this morning. Photo: Su Leslie 2014

The view from my office window this morning. Photo: Su Leslie 2014

Wordless Wednesday is a blogging prompt shared by many bloggers. Here are some other posts that I’ve enjoyed:

http://eljaygee.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-tunnel-vision/

http://vergettegardens.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/majalis-of-the-month-of-may/

Wordless Wednesday – Mother’s Favorite Time of the Day

Wordless Wednesday: Prayer

http://sued51too.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-sleepwalking/

http://patientgardener.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-7514-opium-poppy-bud/

http://sparklyboo.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-holiday-fun/

http://mindofmonique.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-12/

http://imagesbytdashfield.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-your-meter-is-running/

http://itavitaafrican.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/fort-in-the-bush/

http://1type1.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/an-attempt-at-wordless-wednesday-16/

http://freshairboutique.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-116/

http://edprescott.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-baltimore-oriole/

http://furrywigglebutts.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-pillow-talk/

http://deliciousfoodandtravel.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-may-7-2014/

http://retireediary.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-headless/

http://architar.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/off-to-honor-wordlessness/

http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/wordless-wednesday-32/

Wordless Wednesday: Halong Bay

 

Six word Saturday: the end of the road (trip)

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Early morning on the Central Plateau, Mt Ngaruahoe on the horizon. Photo: Su Leslie 2014

Twilight on the Waikato River at Mercer. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Twilight on the Waikato River at Mercer. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

It was a lovely few days away. Too much rain at first, but two days of big skies and sunshine on the mountains. A visit to my dad and lots of time to reflect and relax.

Six word Saturday is a blogging prompt from Cate at Show my Face. Here are some other blogger’s Saturday’s that I’ve enjoyed:

Six Word Saturday

http://genealogysisters.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/six-word-saturday-26-april-2014/

http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/six-word-saturday-forgot-to-leave-time-for-spontaneity/

http://elainemcnulty.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/six-word-saturday-same-old-same-old/

Have You Ever Seen a Unicorn?

Six Word Saturday

 

 

Caught in the moment

Sunrise at Campbells Bay, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie 2014, shot on iPhone 4.

Sunrise at Campbells Bay, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie 2014, shot on iPhone 4.

Sometimes a moment is so perfect, it seems as if nothing could ever capture the feeling, the mood, the memory. But now that so  many of us have constant 24-hour access to a camera in our phones, tablets, etc, it is difficult not to try.

On Sunday I woke early and went to the beach. It was quiet, but not deserted. The world was suffused with a golden light. I photographed the sun rising alongside Rangitoto Island, not really expecting great results.

I was pleasantly surprised.

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The sun setting in Greenhithe, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPad.

After such a wonderful start, how could Sunday in Auckland be anything but glorious? It was the first day after the end of daylight saving and the sun set as we were making dinner. I only had the iPad to hand – and these were the results.

The sun setting in Greenhithe, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPad

The sun setting in Greenhithe, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPad

Viewers can look at these photos and enjoy the light and colours. They will almost certainly remind you of sunrises and sunsets you have seen and photographed. When I look at these I see moments of happiness, of stillness, of contentment.

Non-SLR digital devices allow us to create endless examples of such an aide-memoire. The trick now is to filter and select so that we preserve only those which really speak to us, and not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the volume of images we have created.

This post was written for Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. Here are some other posts on this week’s theme “nature”:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-lettuce-alone/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature-2/

http://passionatelybored.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/two-yellow-leaves/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature-strikes-a-pose/

http://steve-says.net/2014/04/07/2012-a-greg-odyssey/

 http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-irresistible-clouds/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/banana-blossom-004-april-2014-haiga-and-haibun-for-napowrimo-and-the-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature/

 

Six word Saturday: no end to the golden days

Another dawn or the end of the world? Sunrise at Campbells Bay, Auckland looks like a cinematic H-bomb. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Another dawn or the end of the world? Sunrise at Campbells Bay, Auckland looks like a cinematic H-bomb. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Six Word Saturday is a blogging prompt from showmyface.com. Here are some other posts I’ve enjoyed:

http://rainbowbakery.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/six-word-saturday-tina-turner-show/

http://whenwordsescape.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/six-word-saturday-4514/

http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/surprise-im-an-introvert-who-knew/

http://elainemcnulty.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/six-word-saturday-spring-cleaning-2/

Dressed for Weather or for Fashion?

http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/six-word-saturday-107/

http://crazyladyk.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/six-word-saturday/

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: fleeting moments in a day; fleeting years in a life

The sun rising over Larkings Landing, Beach Haven, Auckland. From Hobsonville Point.

The sun rising over Larkings Landing, Beach Haven, Auckland. From Hobsonville Point.

The boy-child has now abandoned his photographic project involving sky trails, sunrises, late nights and ridiculously early mornings. I guess that means an end to those frantic drives across town wondering if we’ll make it to whatever beach he’s decided on in time to capture the intense colours of a new sun sliding up from the horizon.

I’ll miss those drives; fleeting moments of togetherness with a child who’s becoming a man faster than the night sky transforms into day (metaphorically, ok).

This week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “fleeting”