Red sky at night. Sunset, Highway 22 at Naike, Waikato, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2020
Sunset on the Hokianga Harbour, from Opononi, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019
We tend to think of relaxation as a personal experience — the places and activities and moments that refresh and recharge us. Indeed, it’s not uncommon to find our attempts to relax utterly thwarted by the presence of too many other people with the same intent.
But sometimes it seems, relaxation can be collective. So many people arrived at Castlecliff Beach in Whanganui to watch this glorious mid-winter sunset, the little carpark ended up full. Families were picnicking on the beach, others in their cars, and a couple of groups lit driftwood fires. No-one played loud music or behaved badly; we were all too focused on enjoying nature’s theatre.
My July began and ended with travel, leaving the in-between bit less than memorable.
Work took the Big T to Melbourne, and I joined him for a long, sunny weekend. Melbourne is a city I know well, so seldom do touristy things there. Instead I’m happy to walk the different neighbourhoods, visit galleries, drink far too much coffee, and enjoy the vibe.
Last week I drove to Whanganui to see my father, tacking on a side trip to Palmerston North and an overnight stay in Turangi on the way home.
Whanganui’s an attractive city with a thriving arts scene (definitely a bonus), but what makes the trip even better is that it takes me through some of the North Island’s most rugged and beautiful scenery.
Looking at the photos I’ve taken this month, street art and stunning sunsets seem to predominate. I was about to sigh wistfully and say it would be wonderful if every month offered up such treasures — but I suspect I really just need to look harder.
About The Changing Seasons
The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.
If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
- Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
- Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
- Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them
The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):
- Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
- Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
- Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.
If you do a ping-back to this post, I can update it with links to all of yours.
Please check out the Changing Seasons — July 2019 for these awesome bloggers:
Ruth at Ruth’s Arc
Joanne at My Life Lived Full
Sarah at Art Expedition
Pauline at Living in Paradise
Tish at Writer on the Edge
Jude at Life at the Edge
Mick at Mick’s Cogs
Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind
Lani at Life, the Universe and Lani
Ju Lyn at All things bright and beautiful
Gill at Talking Thailand
Manawatu sunset. Hopwood Clock Tower, The Square, Palmerston North, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019
St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Docklands, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Enjoying the sunset, Docklands, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie 2019
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The Yarra, North Wharf Road, Docklands, Melbourne. Image: Su Leslie 2019
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