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Days of Earth and Sky – Alpine Dawn

Here in that subtle moment of time between Autumn and Winter, the cold of night is replaced by the frozen twilight of dawn. Clouds touch the earth and water … the day begins as the force of nature requires. Lake Crackenback lies at the foot of the Ramshead Range in the Kosciuszko National Park, NSW Australia bordered by…

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The Moment of Intricate Balance

Winter retreats from the edges of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada …. spreading its icy tendrils in one last dance in the Intricate balance between the seasons. Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … Intricate “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of…

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Next Stop Omega Centauri …

Bridge to the Stars – The Milky Way rises out of the South before dawn on Anzac Day 2015. Imaged at the abandoned Dundullimal Railway Bridge, Macquarie River, Dubbo. Decided this post might also be a left field candidate for WordPress Photo Challenge – Motion “Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the…

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And in the Morning ….

Dawn – Anzac Day 2015. When I was preparing the post on the Somme Battlefield a few days ago, I felt that it would be important on Anzac Day to be in a special place at dawn … Somewhere alone, and with time to watch the coming of the new day and reflect on the…

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Life on the Edge

Holding on precariously to whatever soil they can, these trees need to survive extreme weather conditions and the precarious winter home they've chosen at Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park – Canadian Rocky Mountains. Inspired by Ailsa's Travel Theme … Trees      

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Requiem for the Unknown

As you stand in the Tower of the Australian National War Memorial at Villers–Bretonneux in Northern France, and gaze out over the wide rolling green and yellow fields of the Somme, it is difficult to picture in your mind how this landscape appeared to the soldiers who fought here in 1918. Only fading black and white…

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Days of Earth and Sky … River Story 2

George Harrison was right …. “Sunrise doesn’t last all morning”. There is a defining moment, where the sun illuminates clouds with red and pink. That moment lasts a few minutes at most. Afterwards – at dawn, the sky turns orange and “normality” returns. This image was captured a few days ago on the Macquarie River at Dunkeld…

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Autumn

At this time of the year (Autumn in Australia) standing on this hill overlooking the Macquarie River valley at Dunkeld, the convergence of sunrise and the river mist floating above the landscape is always worth the time spent standing in the cold and dark. Once again inspired by WordPress Photo Theme Afloat “He found himself…

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Floating like dust in the morning sky

The Milky Way floats above a pre-dawn cloudy sky in Central West NSW. Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge – Afloat The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And…

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Blood Moon over Bathurst

This is a stitched 2 frame image of the Blood Moon (full Lunar Eclipse) over Bathurst last night. I was imaging with a Canon 7D prime focussed in Celestron CPC 9.25, and my photographer son Craig nearby with his Canon 5D2 and Canon 70-200mm L lens. Clouds obscured any view until near totality and the window…

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The Blurred Path to Camelot

And from the shelter of my mind Through the window of my eyes I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets … And as I watch the drops of rain Weave their weary paths and die I know that I am like the rain There but for the grace of you go I Paul Simon – Kathy’s…

The Ephemeral Light of Stars

Inspired by WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge … Ephemeral There are singular momentous events in the life of the universe – of star-birth and death, of colliding galaxies, massive firestorms of light that once or twice in a century illuminate the sky with fire and wonder … but the light is ephemeral. It often comes to…

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Springtime in Paris

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good…

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Carina – Birthplace of Giants

The Great Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), is the most famous star-forming region of the southern sky, spanning more than 100 light-years and is visible to the naked eye as a glowing patch in the Milky Way. The Nebula plays home for thousands of stars similar in mass to the sun and 70 O-type stars, which are stars…

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Bridge at the Edge of Forever

“Every human generation has asked about the origin and fate of the cosmos. Ours is the first generation with a real chance of finding some of the answers. One way or another, we are poised at the edge of forever.”  Carl Sagan Imaged at the abandoned Dubbo to Molong railway bridge on the Macquarie River,…