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 More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I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 …

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

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

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

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)

WPC – Letters 2

Forever Young – Australian National War Memorial, Villers–Bretonneux. Names of the 11,000 missing men of the Australian Imperial Force killed in France in World War I, with ‘no known grave'. You can find other interpretations of “letters” here ….  

WPC – Letters

Cheri's Challenge this week is LETTERS No other single place in the world comes to mind than New York City …. Some letters define what is unique and memorable about NYC from my 10 days here in the winter of 2011….. 3000 laser etched names at WT1 9/11 Memorial That anything is possible … My … More WPC – Letters

WPC – On Top

  This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is On Top   A few interpretations …..     ‘Sky Park’ on top of the Marina Bay Resort, Singapore Tasmanian version of Sky Park ….. The Diamond Princess perched precariously on top of the old convict built stone wall at Port Arthur Sunlit cross on top of one … More WPC – On Top

Monument

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is MONUMENT “It seems to me that it had no other rationale than to show that we are not simply the country of entertainers, but also that of engineers and builders called from across the world to build bridges, viaducts, stations and major monuments of modern industry, the Eiffel Tower … More Monument

Travel Theme – Misty

Ailsa's Theme this week is Misty …. Walhalla Temple – Regensburg, Germany The white stone temple sits on a massive foundation with 358 steps that lead down to a boat landing on the Danube. A Teutonic Hall of Fame to honor German-speaking artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and other historic figures commissioned by King Ludwig I … More Travel Theme – Misty

Threshold …

This week's Challenge is to interpret the concept of Threshold …… Angels with a flaming sword were set as sentries at the gates of Paradise to bar our return. The gardeners became exiles and wanderers. We find ourselves on the threshold of a vast and awesome Universe that utterly dwarfs—in time, in space, and in … More Threshold …

Reflections

This week's Photo Challenge is REFLECTIONS My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all. John Lennon The Carillon – Lake Burley Griffin, … More Reflections

Paris Gardens

This week's Travel Theme is GARDEN … The Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The gardens of the Champ de Mars lie at the foot of the Eiffel Tower between the Ecole Militaire and the … More Paris Gardens

WPC: Window

This week's Photo Challenge is – Window If you had been standing at this window on the afternoon of 18 January 2003, you would be gazing at hell. A week before, lightning had triggered a series of bushfires in Namadgi National Park, southwest of Canberra, and tinder dry conditions had made it impossible to control … More WPC: Window