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Summer and school holidays mean longer, slower days, so of an evening, I’ve been taking myself down to the beach and trying out long-shutter speeds on my camera. This, however, has been largely unsuccessful. I lost my thongs to a rogue wave on the first visit, and the quick-release plate for my tripod on the second—although that was later found on the back seat of the car. Third time lucky, I thought, but it was windy, rocking the camera and leading to some not-so-beautiful blurred shots.

I did manage to capture this tumbleweed on the beach:

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Monique loves cooking with fresh, seasonal produce and over the last six months she’s focused on eating more of a plant-based diet. This salad looked delicious, so she had to set up a photo and make everyone wait for their food. It tasted as delicious as it looked.

The colours of this photo burst out, in a very mouth-watering way.

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Midweek Moment is a weekly photographic project in which Monique Mulligan and I team up to share our favourite photos on our websites. It’s a way of stretching ourselves creatively and a nice distraction from writing. Click here for more of our Moments.

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