Wednesday, 5 March 2014

One Community: March 2014

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their lives and communities with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.  
Words for March chosen by Sarah at Beauty School Dropout :
shower, calm, green, friendship
Join One Community: March 2014 at Beauty School Dropout

Welcome to my One Community, with thanks to Sarah.

Fancy a cool, natural shower
This inviting pool and rock shower is a pleasant reminder of holidays in 
my homeland South Africa, and of childhood play. 
Now living in the UK, my life is a far cry from this, not least because of the weather,
but also because you simply don't see scenes like this in suburban Surrey.
This pleasant location is my calm
The tree dominating the photo is Mom's tree. It is where we
scattered her ashes. It is where we come to reflect. 
Surrey is a wooded county, and this beech tree is typical
of the woodland near to my home. 
Quite different from the rugged scene of my childhood above.
Signs of spring are everywhere now. Green shoots and tender leaves.
The mild, wet winter has brought the fruit trees on quite early, 
perhaps too early for a good crop. Time will tell. 
I love the light and rain drops on these young leaves in my garden.
These two 'babies' were the best of friends. 
The dog in the foreground died in 2012. His best pal mourned his loss. 
In life, they never stopped playing, and read each other's next move perfectly. 
A very good example of friendship.

Photography by Lesley Beeton


  1. Hello Lesley, and welcome to One Community. Wanted to leave a comment as I am from South Africa also :-)

    1. Thanks Sue. South Africans do get around :-)

  2. What lovely photos! I love the contrast between the scenes of South Africa and Surrey. Both are stunning in their own way.

    1. Thanks Sarah. Quite a contrast, on so many levels.

  3. I love where you live. Seems so peaceful and inviting.

  4. Wow, that rock shower looks out of the movies! Certainly a change from the green scenes around you now. Nevertheless, both beautiful places to live. It's lovely that you can visit your mom so often and in such a calm place. Sorry about your one dog passing away and how the other one mourned. We also have two dogs and I can't even imagine life without 1 of them and what the other one would do.

  5. I have never been to South Africa or the United Kingdom but I would love to visit both. They are interesting and special in their own ways and I'm super bored with the United States. And of course I love the fur babies. So sorry for your loss. I've lost several pets and it never gets easier...

  6. The rock shower is absolutely stunning!
    Love your other photos too, and the moving stories about "Calm" and "Friendship".
    Very happy you had time to join in again. xx

  7. Gorgeous photos! Loved the story about friendship!

  8. Beautiful photos Leslie ! Love your showers pic, the stories of calm and friendship is very touching :)


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