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 … More Days of Earth and Sky … River Story 2

Cloud Theory 7

Storm cell at sunset over Bathurst, NSW 15 April 2015. A lone cow stand firm against the angry sky. Canon 7D, Rokinon 14mm, ISO 100, Exp. 25 sec, f/2.8

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 … More Autumn

Springtime in Paris

“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 … More Springtime in Paris

Kane’ohe Bay

During a 5 day stay on Oahu, Hawaii last September I booked a day with Oahu Photography Tours. They start before dawn and visit a number of locations around the Island – some of which are not on the tourist trail, giving you an opportunity to focus on technique and soak in the spectacular landscapes … More Kane’ohe Bay

Home

    “In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon … More Home

The Reward

  There is a Reward for … Rising at 3.30am yesterday   Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge Reward and Leonard Nimoy … Boldly Go            

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. … More Points of Interest

Transformation 2

Paris – My 2 favourite images from the spring of 2013 blended together. Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau and Cours Albert 1er – a walking path along the Seine. The cold and very wet day along the Seine balancing the camera under a small umbrella Transformed by the next day … warm and beautiful sitting … More Transformation 2

Transformation

  The ramparts of Fairview Mountain are reflected in the thawing edges of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada as the Rocky Mountains are transformed from the depth of Winter into Spring. Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme …. Transformation    

Symmetry of an Icon

In the field of architecture and engineering, there is no finer example of bi-lateral and rotational symmetry than the Eiffel Tower. From any angle, from near or far, night and day … It is the template.   Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … Symmetry      

Ultimate Scale

  “The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last … More Ultimate Scale

Lost in the Landscape

Sometimes, the significance of a landscape … the emotional feeling you get from being there is best portrayed by including small features – either human or structures of some kind. The scale differential between a lighthouse and the mountain it is built on often magnifies the beauty of the sea or the sky … and … More Lost in the Landscape

Open Doors

“There will always be a door to the light” – Shiro Amano – Kingdom Hearts, Vol.1 In response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme … Doors Paris – Palais Garnier Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Bavaria Rhine Gorge – Marksburg Castle New Zealand – Dunedin Railway Station Vienna – Schonbrunn Palace Melk Abbey – Austria New Zealand … More Open Doors

Depth

In the depth of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. Albert Camus   Skagway, Alaska In response to WordPress Photo Challenge …. Depth  

Industry

The Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers flow through the industrial heartland of Germany and Austria. Canal locks, barges, hydro stations, ancient rusting machines, container ships and factories of all kinds line the river banks and encourage you to always have camera in hand. In response to Ailsa's Travel Theme – Industry    

Serenity 2

Serenity Standing alone in cold fields, under an ink black sky studded with diamond dust while a green comet sails silently past the blue dominions of the Pleiades … Knowing this moment will not return for 8,000 years. In response to WordPress Photo Challenge Serenity Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) Pleiades Cluster – Messier 45  

Serenity

He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below,saw everything as far as you can see.And they say that he got crazy once and that hetried to touch the sun,and he lost a friend, but kept the memory.Now he walks in quiet solitude, the forest and the stream,seeking grace in every step he takes,his sight … More Serenity

Shadow Lands

  When you start looking through a photograph library for images that include some form of shadowing, it becomes apparent very quickly just how significant it is to try and delineate light from darkness … And you see easily why some images stand apart – why the same landscape leaps out at you at sunrise … More Shadow Lands

The Warmth of the Sun

In response to the WordPress Photo Challenge – Warmth. A short Video of sunrises extracted from my Timelapse library (with soundtrack). What good is the dawnThat grows into dayThe sunset at nightOr living this wayFor I have the warmth of the sunWithin me at night Brian Wilson and Mike Love The Warmth of the Sun … More The Warmth of the Sun

Diamond Light

In response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge …. Twinkle Prague Fairmont Empress Hotel – Victoria, Vancouver Island Paris – City of Light Venus over Kozskiusko Mauna Kea – Big Island, Hawaii  

Unforgotten Dreams

Gone, But Not Forgotten In response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge … Gone but not Forgotten   On the afternoon of 18 January 2003, the Mt Stromlo Observatory on the outskirts of Canberra ACT was destroyed by wildfire. Standing at the edge of a steep escarpment facing directly into the approaching firestorm – staff … More Unforgotten Dreams

Triumph

  Photography 101: Triumph   “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela   Cherish Life and Freedom – Triumph over intolerance     Reflecting Absence – National September … More Triumph

Convergence

  This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is CONVERGE …   Global Star MO59 converging with Venus against a Milky Way backdrop 10 Milion Suns converging to form the Omega Cluster Winter jet trails converge above a Bathurst Dawn sky Convergence of sky and ground – Storm cell over Bathurst  

The Edge

  Photography 101: Edge   The Edge of Night and Day Domes’s Edge – Mt Stromlo The Edge of Middle Earth – South Island, New Zealand The Cutting Edge – Corn Harvest, Bathurst NSW The Edge of the World – South Island, New Zealand  

Glass

  Photography 101: Glass       Windmills of your mind …  

Achievement

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is to select images showing Achievement …. What matters in the lives of most people are the small appointments of days, the details of which one wishes he could remember as he ages but cannot. Achievement does not make a life.Doings that slide quickly past, almost unnoticed, compose the texture … More Achievement

Road to the Stars

    The Brewongle Road turns to dirt a few minutes from the Great Western Highway east of Bathurst, and you are suddenly alone. In the far distance are red and white car lights, the tall grass beside the road rustles in a slight breeze, hidden cows settle down in darkened fields and the city … More Road to the Stars

Remember

For we are young and free …. Thiepval Memorial for the Missing Villers Bretonneux – Australian War Memorial  

Minimalist

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is to select images that say Minimalist…. Wellington – New Zealand Moorea Bathurst, NSW Lake Louise – Alberta, Canada Ramshead Range – Koszkiusko National Park Oberon NSW Jervis Bay – South Coast, NSW Southern Ocean – New Zealand  

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  

Dreams of the South Pacific

  Having just returned today from a month travelling through Hawaii (Big Island and Oahu) and the South Pacific …. The WordPress Photo Challenge Theme “Dreamy” seems an appropriate time to post a few images of Bora Bora and Moorea (Tahiti).          

Tears of the Arizona

WPC – Humanity   “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, … More Tears of the Arizona

Mauna Kea

From where I am staying at Waikaloa Beach on the Big Island of Hawai’i, you look across 30 miles of desolate volcanic terrain to Mauna Kea. At sunset from here on the coast … above the perpetual cloud layer that wreathes the summit, the domes of the Subaru and Keck 1&2 Telescopes can be seen … More Mauna Kea

Harvest Moon

Come a little bit closerHear what I have to sayJust like children sleepin'We could dream this night away But there's a full moon risin'Let's go dancin' in the lightWe know where the music's playin'Let's go out and feel the night Because I'm still in love with youI wanna see you dance againBecause I'm still in … More Harvest Moon

The Greatest Adventure

  This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is Adventure …. Other interpretations can be found Here He often used to say there was only one Road;that it was like a great river:its springs were at every doorstep and every path was its tributary.“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say.“You … More The Greatest Adventure

Dialogue across Time

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to bring together two photos into a resulting dialogue — the story they tell to the viewer. The grainy black & white image was taken by my grandfather sometime in the early 1930’s as he drove his horse and sulky back from Cowra in the Central West of NSW … More Dialogue across Time

WPC – Silhouette

  Cheri’s WordPress Challenge this week is Silhouette ….     Banff Springs Hotel – Alberta, Canada Palais de la Découverte – Paris Melk Abbey – Austria Jervis Bay – NSW Glanmire – Central Tablelands, NSW      

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

Lights in the Sky

  Last night (5 Aug 14) I was imaging the quarter moon through the Celestron at about 7.17pm in Bathurst NSW … and looking to the west I noticed a large misty cloud like patch in the vicinity of Spica. There was no obvious movement at that time. Binoculars didn’t do much to resolve the … More Lights in the Sky

Forever Young

  Today marks the centenary of the commencement of WW1. These images are from my day on the Somme Battlefields, France in May 2013.“I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are … More Forever Young

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  

Hill End

    Hill End owes its existence to the New South Wales gold rush of the 1850s, and at its peak in the early 1870s it had a population estimated at 8,000 served by two newspapers, five banks, eight churches, and twenty-eight pubs. Its decline when the gold gave out was dramatic: by 1945 the … More Hill End

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

Hymn for the Northern Skies (Time-lapse)

  A Time-lapse journey through the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the Alaskan Inside Passage during Late May 2014. Locations include Vancouver, Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper, Whistler_Blackcomb, Juneau (Tracy Arm), Glacier Bay & Ketchikan. TL was filmed with a Canon 7D and Canon 24-105 f/4 L at 24fps, Manual (Av for sunrise).   Hymn for the … More Hymn for the Northern Skies (Time-lapse)

Lake Louise – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, named Lake of the Little Fishes by the Stoney Natoka First Nations people, is a glacial lake within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, located 5 km west of the Hamlet of Lake Louise and the Trans-Canada Highway. Lake Louise is named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939), the fourth daughter of … More Lake Louise – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Glacier Bay – Alaska

The highlights of the sail through the Alaskan Inside Passage were the days spent in Glacier Bay and Tracy Arm. Both are majestic in their own right, surrounded by fog shrouded cliffs and pine forested peaks, harbouring wildlife including whales and bald eagles.For photographers, the best conditions to view the glaciers in both are overcast … More Glacier Bay – Alaska

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

Seasons in the Sun

The windmill remembers …. the midday heat of summer past, the tinder dry grass here on the banks of the river, baking and shimmering like silver in the sun.Now, in the cold dawn on an Autumn morning fog blankets the landscape and the wet grass glistens from overnight rain. The freezing winds of Winter will … More Seasons in the Sun

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

The Silence

“I saw old Autumn in the misty morning stand, shadowless like Silence, listening to Silence.” – Thomas Hood Stewart's Mount – Ophir Road, Bathurst  

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 …

Autumn Skies

“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay.” Ray Bradbury Glanmire – Central Tablelands, NSW  

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

The Golden Moment

Currambene Creek enters Jervis Bay immediately north of Huskisson on the western shore of the bay, and is part of the Jervis Bay Marine Park – it includes a Sanctuary and Habitat Protection Zone along its shore. The animals and plants here have adapted to survive in an environment of seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and … More The Golden Moment

Stellar Nursery

Tides of light formed by clusters of massive young hot stars illuminate the hot gases of the Tarantular Nebula in this image taken last night. NGC 2070 is the largest and brightest emission nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), and one of the largest emission nebulae known. Considering its distance of about 160,000 light … More Stellar Nursery

Siding Spring – Waiting for the Night (Time Lapse)

Time Lapse and still images taken a few days ago in the Warrumbungle Mountains, NSW. Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia, part of the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU), incorporates the Anglo-Australian Telescope along with a collection of other telescopes owned by the Australian … More Siding Spring – Waiting for the Night (Time Lapse)

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