“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 More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I left my coat behind after a party, that is where I met my love; I cried there once, I was heartsore; but felt better round the corner once I saw the hills of Fife across the Forth, things of that sort, our personal memories, that make the private tapestry of our lives.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Love Over Scotland
Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … Happy Place
This place … a timber platform above the rocky shoreline of Nelson Beach, Jervis Bay has become a special choice for sunrise photography since moving here 3 months ago … It not only provides a panoramic view east across the Bay to Point Perpendicular and the sun, but also a place to sit quietly and meditate on the beauty and sound of the ocean.
At sunset … above the perpetual cloud layer that wreathes the summit, the dome of the Subaru Telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii shines like gold in the dying rays of the sun.
The night sky here was the darkest I have ever experienced, and the Sagittarius Arm fell like diamonds and stardust across the landscape.
Bathurst …. The place where fog is born, and where the dawn was my companion for a thousand days. I truly embraced the winter cold waiting for sunrise, walking alone along the Macquarie River, and the lonely silence of the night sky watching the Milky Way.
Here on the Bogan River at Nyngan in western NSW … across the mountains and far from the sea, I found sun bleached dry grass plains and a sky of intense azure blue
A wide river with red soil banks of eucalypt and willow providing dappled shade
dragonflies and midges hovering at midday above languid pools
Pelicans and screeching black galahs flying into the morning sun
Scorpius rising against an ink black night sky
Solitude and peace in fields of gold beside a quiet dirt road
Here, it will forever be summer