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 [...]

The pale spare light of Autumn

"Autumn asks that we prepare for the future .... that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go .... to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness." Bonaro W. Overstreet Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge ... SPARE

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Circle of the Seasons – Summer

“Summer was here again. Summer, summer, summer. I loved and hated summers. Summers had a logic all their own and they always brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That's why I loved [...]

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 [...]

Endless Summer Days – Inception

These are the days of the endless summer These are the days, the time is now There is no past, there's only future There's only here, there's only now These are the days now that we must savour And we must enjoy as we can These are the days that will last forever You've got [...]

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 [...]

Searching for the Endless Summer

“Here I came to the very edge where nothing at all needs saying, everything is absorbed through weather and the sea, and the moon swam back, its rays all silvered, and time and again the darkness would be broken by the crash of a wave, and every day on the balcony of the sea, wings [...]

Night Shores – Moonglow

"One summer night, out on a flat headland, all but surrounded by the waters of the bay, the horizons were remote and distant rims on the edge of space. Millions of stars blazed in darkness, and on the far shore a few lights burned in cottages. Otherwise there was no reminder of human life ...... [...]

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 [...]

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

The Poetry of the Sea

“The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities... If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the [...]

Postcards from Spring #1

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: "Winter is dead.” A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young Crescent Moon at Dawn - Greenfields Beach Dawn - Nelson Beach Evening Twilight - Plantation Point Moon and Venus at Dawn - Greenfields Beach Sunrise - Greenfields Beach Shearwater at [...]

Venus and the Dawn of Spring

In one instant, the horizon became a faint line suspended in the darkness, and then the line was drawn upward, higher and higher. It was as if a giant hand had stretched down from the sky and slowly lifted the curtain of night from the face of the earth. As I sat and watched, the [...]

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

Days of Earth and Sky – The Way to the West

“The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.” J.R.R. Tolkien - The [...]

Intimations of Spring – Nyngan

“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 [...]

Sky Fire over the Bay

... And after a Good Day, a storm at night to charge the air and wash the sky “By early evening all the sky to the north had darkened and the spare terrain they trod had turned a neuter gray as far as the eye could see. They grouped in the road at the top of [...]

Winter on the Shoreline – Days Like These

When you stand at the shores of paradise, and meditate on the approaching dawn .... Every day is good "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 [...]

Nightscape – Nelson Beach

“Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day. But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth.” ― Ptolemy A 180 Panorama from Nelson Beach, Jervis Bay NSW - At left is the Point Perpendicular [...]

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 [...]

Cape St. George Lighthouse Ruins

Cape St George Lighthouse stood about 3 kilometres south of the southern entrance to Jervis Bay. Constructed in 1860 it was active until 1889. The recommendation to build a lighthouse on the vicinity was made in 1856. However, despite the fact that the Pilots Board, which was the controlling authority, was not consulted, £5000 were [...]

Winter on the Shoreline 5 – Glimpses of Paradise

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” ― Rachel Carson Its hard not to be inspired every day in this special place  Huskisson Huskisson Murrays Moon over Collingwood Beach Orion Beach

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Days of Earth and Sky – Ramshead Range

The Ramshead Range is part of the Snowy Mountains, located in the Monaro region of New South Wales and the Alpine region of Victoria, Australia. The peaks of the range are around 2,100 metres, with Mount Twynam at 2,178 metres. Because the Australian Alps are only of modest height, glaciers were formed only on the very [...]

The Frozen Light of the Moon

In the teeth of an alpine gale a few nights ago, I managed to hold the tripod still enough to capture a fleeting and subtle image of a Moon Bow arching across the Thredbo/Crackenback Valley in Kosciusko National Park. A moonbow (also known as a lunar rainbow or white rainbow), is produced by light reflected [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Points of Interest

 Inspired by this week's WordPress Photo Challenge ... Rule of Thirds.  Here in this interpretation, the focus of attention or point of interest in the images is placed away from the centre within the right or left third and also close to one of the 4 intersection points of the 9 part grid.   Ramshead Range [...]

Belgravia – Rebirth of an Icon

In the early 1900's Blue Mountains newspapers regularly published the names of guests staying at the Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath ... Such was the place this iconic building held in Sydney society at that time. The original Hotel was a health spa resort called Belgravia, built by the Gatsby-esque Mark Foy who developed [...]

Upper Level Disturbance

It's been a week of storms in Central West NSW, and indeed across Eastern Australia ... Every afternoon the clouds roll in with attending thunder - dropping much needed rain across the landscape. It hasn't been that easy though to get the storm shots I always hope for with dark heavy cloud and lightning cutting [...]

Descent

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is to interpret the concept of Descent ....Touchdown - Bathurst, NSW Tracy Arm, AlaskaFalling - Glacier Bay, AlaskaStrait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver IslandShannon Falls - British Columbia, CanadaA Steep One ..... Malyne Canyon, Jasper National Park Slow but inevitable - Hanging Glacier - Columbia Icefield, Canadian Rockies River Lock [...]

Nelsons Beach – Jervis Bay, NSW

The decisive moment of sunrise over Nelsons Beach in Jervis Bay .... followed by the golden glow of dawn spreading along the foreshore and coastal escarpment.Nelsons Beach is a 1km stretch of pristine white sand in the coastal town of Vincentia, 2 hours south of Sydney. It lies within the Jervis Bay Marine Park.