Prague and Spring

“If I were called upon to say which season shows ancient Prague at her best, I would say the spring time. Then the orchards on the slopes are arrayed in virgin white of pear and cherry blossom, with here and there a blush from apple-trees and a faint glimmer of delicate green against cool grey … More Prague and Spring

Ambient Shoreline

“You finally found my hidden shore with grains of time and ocean of the most secret secrets, violet and red; left a trail of deep blue footsteps on my glowing beach of soul, and no matter how many times tides wash the golden sand anew, your prints can never be erased. Each one a shining … More Ambient Shoreline

Resilient Happiness

“You wake from dreams of doom, and for a moment you know …. beyond all the noise and the gestures, the only real thing, love’s calm unwavering flame in the half-light of an early dawn.” Dag Hammarskjöld Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Resilient

Punishment

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde

Dream

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” Carl Sagan Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. New Horizon

Wild Yeast Alchemy

“It is a pure alchemy… And all chemical elements are there: flour that comes from the earth and represents material, water that you mix with flour to make the dough, air released by the yeast fermentation that makes dough rise, fire that bakes the bread. You hear people complaining about their neighbours frying fish, roasting … More Wild Yeast Alchemy

Enchanted Shores

“On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.” J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. MAGIC

Nights of Wonder 16

Venus escorts the Milky Way from the western sky over Nelson Beach, Jervis Bay 2 November 2016.  By the middle of November the Core will be almost on the horizon, so that’s it for this year. For early risers like myself, February will see the return of the vertical arm in the East which is always … More Nights of Wonder 16

Beautiful Chaos

“Look deeper through the telescope and do not be afraid when the stars collide towards the darkness, because sometimes the most beautiful things begin in chaos.” Robert M. Drake Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. CHAOS Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070 – Imaged 4 December 2014 with Canon 200mm f/2.8 lens mounted on Celestron CPC 9.25.

Wave Theory

“Even nature; the restless waves, irregular trees and stars all out of line show that chaos can be beautiful!” Sophia McMaster – The Last Companion Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. TRANSMOGRIFY  

Being There

You know those mornings when you get up in the dark, tired, and just don’t feel like doing the dawn patrol … Easier to make tea and watch the early news … But you go anyway – and realise then what you almost missed. Greenfield Beach, Jervis Bay NSW

Waiting for Summer

Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. LOCAL Here, in this paradise … on a hundred small white sand beaches and rocky headlands, it is always possible to find a special place – a Happy Place where before dawn you can sit and contemplate the day ahead. Over this past year as I’ve acclimatised to coastal life and … More Waiting for Summer

Days of Fire and Steel

Lithgow Blast Furnace Park is a monument to Lithgow’s industrial history. It was here that the first iron and the first steel in Australia were cast. William Sandford established the blast furnace in 1886 and it continued production until 1928 when the entire industry was moved to Port Kembla. The site has now been developed as a … More Days of Fire and Steel

One Perfect Day

Sometimes, what was forecast to be a cold rainy day can translate into RARE serendipity …. the combination of a magical winter dawn, an alignment of 3 planets in the evening twilight, followed by a rising full moon over a shimmering Jervis Bay. “It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by … More One Perfect Day

For All the Days to Come

“To undiscovered waters, undreamed shores” …. William Shakespeare – A Winters Tale  Here, on the shores of Jervis Bay, are a hundred white sand beaches and rocky headlands waiting to be explored as I begin my 2nd year in this turquoise paradise. Scottish Rocks and Bristol Point in the Booderee National Park are wonderfully located at the end of … More For All the Days to Come

Mo’orea

Mo’orea is a South Pacific island, part of French Polynesia’s Society Islands archipelago. It’s known for its jagged volcanic mountains and sandy beaches. In the north, Mount Rotui overlooks picturesque Ōpūnohu Bay and the settlements around Cook’s Bay. Visit my Mo’orea Gallery to see other images. “I wish I could tell you about the South … More Mo’orea

Painting the Dawn

“Of all the things we fashioned for them that they might be comforted, dawn is the one that works. When darkness sifts from the air like fine soft soot and light spreads slowly out of the east then all but the most wretched of humankind rally. It is a spectacle we immortals enjoy, this minor … More Painting the Dawn

Ice Cities

  “The only cities were of ice, bergs with cores of beryl, blue gems within white gems, that some said gave off an odor of almonds.” Annie Proulx – The Shipping News Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. DETAIL   Tracy Arm, Alaska (3 frames un-cropped)

Water and Light – Sailing to meet the Dawn

The Notorious is a replica fifteenth century caravel. The ship took ten years to build, made entirely from reclaimed timber. It was launched at Martins Point, Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia in 2011. Designed and built by Graeme Wylie. Captured as it departed Jervis Bay 22 June 2016. Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Partners “The fishermen … More Water and Light – Sailing to meet the Dawn

A Day will Come

Here, on the Plantation Point headland overlooking Jervis Bay, you gaze out into the dark night to watch the core of our own Milky Way galaxy rising in the East above Point Perpendicular then arch magestically across the Bay. The neighbouring Magellanic Cloud galaxies lie high in the southern sky, while Mars, Saturn and Spica burn brightly on the northern flank of … More A Day will Come

Breathing Dawn

“All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.” Kenneth Grahame – The Wind in the Willows Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme …. BREATHE   Greenfields Beach, Jervis Bay

Starship Earth

  Here, standing on the bridge of Starship Earth, we gaze out into the cosmic ocean to the core of the Home Galaxy. “On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is … More Starship Earth

Soft, Shining Peace

Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. ABSTRACT “There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Certain numbers were the same way and certain dates and these with the names of the places were all you could say and have them mean anything. Abstract … More Soft, Shining Peace

For the Fallen

ANZAC Day 2016 100 years ago, in the carnage of the Somme battlefield, Bois Grenier, Northern France, my great uncle Rudolph Schulstad wrote in his diary ….. “Commencing at 7.30 until 9.35 pm yesterday, we were under a terrific bombardment, the enemy sending on one sector about 8,000 shells varying from 6 inch to 9.2 inch. One came … More For the Fallen

A Table at Raffles

“You can’t possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It’s absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that.” Oscar Wilde – The Importance of Being Earnest Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Dinnertime Raffles Hotel, Singapore – April 2013

The Fleeting Darkness

“Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.” Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Half-Light and Ailsa’s Travel Theme … Sensory Altair rises … More The Fleeting Darkness

The Gates of Day

“I saw the first light, fore-running the sun, gather in a cup of the eastern cloud, gather and grow and brim, till at last it spilled like milk over the golden lip, to smear the dark face of heaven from end to end. From east to north, and back to south again, the clouds slackened, … More The Gates of Day

Nightfall at the Asylum

Late at night … Foreboding is the only way anyone could describe the deserted buildings situated at the top of a hill outside Beechworth in northern Victoria. Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, originally known as the haunted Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum is a decommissioned hospital located in Beechworth, a town of Victoria, Australia. Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum … More Nightfall at the Asylum

Moon Dance

“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.” Edward Lear – The Owl and the Pussycat Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … Dance

Night Shores … Autumn

I’m often asked why I love rising at 4am and driving dark lonely roads to capture the pale light of stars being chased by the dawn …. Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge – One Love Murray’s Beach Boat Ramp – Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay 12 March 2016

Harmony

“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.” Alan W. Watts Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Harmony Moon and Venus in early Autumn dawn twilight – Jervis Bay, … More Harmony

Awe and Wonderment

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein Inspired by WordPress … More Awe and Wonderment

The Waning of Summer

“The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumour of sadness and change.” E.B. White – Charlotte’s Web Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … More The Waning of Summer

All our Yesterdays

“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.” Kahlil Gibran Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … TIME Blended Yesterdays .. Central West NSW, Prague & Glacier Bay Alaska (Places of the Heart)

Clouded Twilight

“I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are … More Clouded Twilight

Breakfast in Jasper

“One can follow the sun, of course, but I have always thought that it is best to know some winter, too, so that the summer, when it arrives, is the more gratefully received.” Beatriz Williams – Along the Infinite Sea   Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme …. Routine Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta Canada – … More Breakfast in Jasper

The Waves of Paradise

“The sea answers all questions, and always in the same way; for when you read in the papers the interminable discussions and the bickering and the prognostications and the turmoil, the disagreements and the fateful decisions and agreements and the plans and the programs and the threats and the counter threats, then you close your … More The Waves of Paradise

Breathing the Clouds

“When you beat a drum, you create NOW …. when silence becomes a sound so enormous and alive it feels like you’re breathing in the clouds and the sky, and your heart is the rain and the thunder.” Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. NOW Storm cell approaching … More Breathing the Clouds

The Gathering of Day

“Aragorn looked at the pale stars, and at the moon, now sloping behind the western hills that enclosed the valley. ‘This is a night as long as years’, he said. ‘How long will the day tarry?’ ‘Dawn is not far off’, said Gamling, who had now climbed up beside him. ‘But dawn will not help … More The Gathering of Day

Broken Dreams

  “We look back on our life as a thing of broken pieces, because our mistakes and failures are always the first to strike us, and outweigh in our imagination what we have accomplished and attained.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections

Through the Eyes

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should … More Through the Eyes

The Passing of Spring

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Transition Between Spring and Summer – Twilight … More The Passing of Spring

Into the Night

“Turn your face away from the garish light of day, turn your thoughts away from cold, unfeeling light, and listen to the music of the night… Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams, purge your thoughts of the life you knew before. Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and live, … More Into the Night

The Price of Freedom

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers Inspired by WordPress Weekly Photo … More The Price of Freedom

No Known Cure

“Life…. This morning the sun made me adore it. It had, behind the dripping pine trees, the oriental brightness, orange and crimson, of a living being, a rose and an apple, in the physical and ideal fusion of a true and daily paradise.” Juan Ramón Jiménez, Time and Space: A Poetic Autobiography When you watch every … More No Known Cure

Risk

“They sicken of the calm who know the storm.” Dorothy Parker, Sunset Gun: Poems “If you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.” Gertrude Stein Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Careful Southern Ocean east of New Zealand – October 2014

There are Places …

“Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I … More There are Places …

Night becomes Day

“From the east to the west sped those angels of the Dawn, from sea to sea, from mountain-top to mountain-top, scattering light from breast and wing. On they sped out of the darkness, perfect, glorious; on, over the quiet sea, over the low coast-line, and the swamps beyond, and the mountains above them; over those … More Night becomes Day

Horizons of Change

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man … More Horizons of Change

Memories of Summer

On a cold and windswept early spring day (top image below) it’s easy for the mind to move to the silent soft dawn of endless summers of the past. “… teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme … Move

Night Shores

“Not just beautiful, though … the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Monochromatic Greenfields Beach, Jervis Bay NSW

Monochrome

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”  Dorothea Lange Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … Monochromatic

Galactic Prowess

Originally posted on Craig Schulstad Photography:
One of the things I really wanted to capture while back in New Zealand was this place at night under the Milky Way. I shot it in 2012 while I was there but wasn’t overly happy with my image due to noise from high iso settings that my camera…

The Sea and Shore

“I AM FOREVER walking upon these shores, Betwixt the sand and the foam, The high tide will erase my foot-prints, And the wind will blow away the foam. But the sea and the shore will remain Forever. Kahlil Gibran Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … Connected Blenheim and Nelson Beach, Jervis bay NSW

Connected

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” William James Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … Connected

The Path to the Moon

“The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.” Yasunari Kawabata, Palm of the Hand Stories Inspired by Cee’s Which Way Challenge  The rising full moon over Point Perpendicular, Jervis Bay

The End of Fear

It is easy to harbour a fear of the dark. We live connected to light throughout our life, and find it difficult to head out into the night away from our suburban backyard and stand under the stars. The unfamiliar, the strangeness. Alone. But Fear is the factor to overcome if you want the reward … More The End of Fear

Walking on Dreams

The recurring thoughts that come when you visit the iconic buildings, and tread the ancient streets and courtyards of Europe, especially in the early hours is …. How many have stood and walked here …. what events have taken place on this worn cobbled road …. whose hopes and dreams were fulfilled or broken by following the winding … More Walking on Dreams

Grey Days

“It was a grey day, that least fleshly of all weathers; a day of dreams and far hopes and clear visions. It was a day easily associated with those abstract truths and purities that dissolve in the sunshine or fade out in mocking laughter by the light of the moon. The trees and clouds were … More Grey Days

Kia Ora (Re-Blogged)

Originally posted on Craig Schulstad Photography:
Kia Ora I’ve finally begun processing my images from my recent New Zealand trip and I’ve sat here looking through my images for the past two days not knowing where to start. New Zealand has so many amazing locations that you can literally stop around every corner to photograph…

Dawn Wind

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” ― W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme … Wind

Lunar Inspiration

“Her antiquity in preceding and surviving succeeding tellurian generations: her nocturnal predominance: her satellitic dependence: her luminary reflection: her constancy under all her phases, rising and setting by her appointed times, waxing and waning: the forced invariability of her aspect: her indeterminate response to inaffirmative interrogation: her potency over effluent and refluent waters: her power … More Lunar Inspiration

Sunrise Grasses

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” John Lubbock, The Use Of Life Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme …. Grasses

Frozen Memories

Memories of Winter 2014 – Macquarie River, Bathurst NSW. Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Close Up “He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love … More Frozen Memories

Completion

“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.” ― Plato, The Symposium Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Half and Half

Doors

“Every man walks his own path, and every path has its fair share of locked doors. You never know who holds the key to a door you’ll need to open one day, so you best treat people as if they are all key holders. Just because someone is a keyholder, does not mean they will always … More Doors

Twilight Beacons

Venus & Jupiter near conjunction over Jervis Bay, NSW at twilight 1 July 2015. Venus is at 77 million km and Jupiter 910 million km (Opposite sides of the Solar System). These two planets will dominate the western horizon during the first half of July, culminating with a spectacular field of view around 18/19 July … More Twilight Beacons

The Seven Colours

Within these 3 images are I think all the colours of the rainbow (Indigo is a hard one anytime). These images were shot during my second week of moving to the white sands of Jervis Bay on the south coast of NSW. Within a few minutes from this house lie 5-6 pristine beaches and rocky headlands … More The Seven Colours

Last Dawn

A final frosty, fog shrouded but beautifully vivid dawn on the Macquarie River before leaving Bathurst for the blue waters of Jervis Bay tomorrow. “October knew, of course, that the action of turning a page, of ending a chapter or of shutting a book, did not end a tale. Having admitted that, he would also … More Last Dawn

The Journey

The Glacier Bay Pilot Boat on the way out to MS Zuiderdam at dawn 12 June 2014 “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … On the Way

If Dreams Die …

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” — Langston Hughes Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … BROKEN Yeoval, Central West NSW Cowra, Central West NSW Wattamondara, Central West NSW Napoleon Reef, Central West NSW Lithgow Iron Works, Central West NSW

Enveloped

“All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever present perils of life.”  Herman Melville Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … ENVELOPED

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