Darkness and Light

“So it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower. Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her …. and the waters of the Seine, contained and … More Darkness and Light

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

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

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

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

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

Descent

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is to interpret the concept of Descent …. Touchdown – Bathurst, NSW Tracy Arm, Alaska Falling – Glacier Bay, Alaska Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island Shannon Falls – British Columbia, Canada A Steep One ….. Malyne Canyon, Jasper National Park Slow but inevitable – Hanging Glacier – Columbia … More Descent

Refracted

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is Refraction   Glacier Bay – Alaska Rock Pool at Currarong – South Coast, NSW Australia Control Valve – 3 Mile Dam, Kiandra Goldfields NSW Australia  

Inspiration

My rediscovery of photography a few years ago was brought about by observing this guy … My son Craig, who as a professional photographer continually inspires me to think and improve my art. Some of the best moments for me these days, are those we get to share behind a lens out under the dark … More Inspiration

A Summer Place

  This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share images that say Summer Having grown up in Sydney, and spending many summers surfing and walking on beaches, it would be the obvious thing to go with any of hundreds of images of the coast that I have filed away. But …. here, in this land … More A Summer Place

WPC – Containers

This week's WordPress Challenge is Containers …. These images were taken on Market Day in Rue Cler, Paris last May. The first one shows a collection of old tobacco tins mainly, and the second is a set of rubber stamp boxes  

WPC – Relics

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is RELIC .. Cezsky Krumlov – Czech Republic Tauber River – Germany Tuber River – Germany Congress Hall (Kongresshalle) – Nurnberg Ironworks Ruins – Lithgow NSW Carcross, Yukon – Alaska Napoleon Reef – Central Tablelands, NSW   Port Arthur – Tasmania Abandoned Wheat Silo – Wattamondara, NSW

Between Seasons

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is Between …. I've returned this week from 3 weeks in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the Alaskan Inside Passage. There is a saying in the northern latitudes – that there are only 3 seasons … Winter, Still Winter and Construction. Having seen the Rockies at least in the depth … More Between Seasons

Weekly Photo Challenge – Split Second Story

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Split – Second Story We are currently travelling through the Canadian Rocky Mountains over 2 weeks and then up along the Alaskan coast to Ketchikan. A day or so ago on the Ice – Fields Parkway between Banff and Jasper standing proudly in the afternoon sunshine was this Mountain Goat … More Weekly Photo Challenge – Split Second Story

Rivers of Dreams

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Rivers My dreams are often gently haunted by two rivers …. The Danube between Budapest in Hungary and Regensburg in Germany – flowing through large towns, small villages, lush farmland and past historical architectural masterpieces     And the Vltava River as it flows through Prague … Just as … More Rivers of Dreams

WPC (Spring) and Travel Theme (Close-Up)

This week's Photo Challenge is SPRING & Ailsa's Travel Theme is CLOSE-UP Borrowing Vladimir Brezina's Windagainstcurrent great idea of combining the 2 …. Here is my interpretation: At the foothills of the Ramshead Range in Koszkiusko National Park, NSW the early days of Spring 2013 bring sunlight to the banks of the Thredbo River. Melting … More WPC (Spring) and Travel Theme (Close-Up)