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Forever Young

At dawn of April 25, 1918 three years after the landing at Gallipoli, the Australian Imperial Force broken through the German entrenchment at Villers-Bretonneux in northern France. By the next day the town was secured creating a new front line to the east. The town did not fall into enemy hands for the rest of [...]

Waiting for the Sun

My inspiration for rising in darkness and waiting for the dawn, is to share the wonder of watching the day begin. Not just to show the sunrise, but to tell you how it feels to be there. Timelapse gives me that ability. A few years ago, I moved from the rolling hills of Central West [...]

There are Places

“It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the [...]

Until Dawn Comes

“....my sacred landscape is the foothills of the stars - I go there often to sleep ...” 
John Geddes - A Familiar Rain It’s 4.30am this morning ... I’m at home reading my Twitter news feed, with its mixed bag of international and local political dramas, tragedies, opinions and diatribes, and planning the week ahead. [...]

There will be Stars

"There will be stars over the place forever; Though the house we loved and the street we loved are lost, Every time the earth circles her orbit On the night the autumn equinox is crossed, Two stars we knew, poised on the peak of midnight Will reach their zenith; stillness will be deep; There will [...]

Nights of Wonder – Crowded Sky

A night out to shoot the Milky Way over Jervis Bay last weekend, expanded very quickly to include a lightning storm on the horizon, and the soft magenta glow of Aurora Australis as it crept up from Antartica. And of course the light from a million stars. "I will love the light for it shows me the [...]

The Colours of Paradise

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more” George Gordon Byron I've stood on this beach in Jervis Bay many times imagining sunrise [...]

Nights of Wonder – Dreaming of Moonbeams

Of all the moments when I've made an image, including those of spectacular arching milky ways and dawn skies that took my breath away ... none have been more unexpected, fleeting or left me with a sense of profound wonderment than this one. I've posted a version of it before, but there is no other that would [...]

Nights of Wonder – Solitude

“But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.” Rainer Maria Rilke - Letters to a Young Poet Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge - Solitude Rise in the silence before dawn, and stand on the shores of eternity. [...]

The Graceful Light of Stars

"Everyone has his dream; I would like to live till dawn, but I know I have less than three hours left. It will be night, but no matter. Dying is simple. It does not take daylight. So be it: I will die by starlight” Victor Hugo Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... Graceful The bio-luminescent [...]

Ambient Shoreline

“You finally found my hidden shore with grains of time and ocean of the most secret secrets, violet and red; left a trail of deep blue footsteps on my glowing beach of soul, and no matter how many times tides wash the golden sand anew, your prints can never be erased. Each one a shining [...]

Intimation of Summer Days

"At first flash of Eden we race down to the sea. Standing there on freedom's shore. Waiting for the sun. Can you feel it, Now that Spring has come? That it's time to live in the scattered sun. Waiting for the sun ... Waiting for you to Come along" Jim Morrison Inspired by WordPress Photo [...]

Dream

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” Carl Sagan Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... New Horizon

The Calming of the Sea

"The night is behind us, And black are the waters that sparkled so green. The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us At rest in the hollows that rustle between. Where billow meets billow, there soft be thy pillow; The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee, Asleep in the arms [...]

Enchanted Shores

“On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.” J.M. Barrie - Peter Pan Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... MAGIC

Nights of Wonder 16

Venus escorts the Milky Way from the western sky over Nelson Beach, Jervis Bay 2 November 2016.  By the middle of November the Core will be almost on the horizon, so that's it for this year. For early risers like myself, February will see the return of the vertical arm in the East which is always [...]

Beautiful Chaos

“Look deeper through the telescope and do not be afraid when the stars collide towards the darkness, because sometimes the most beautiful things begin in chaos.” Robert M. Drake Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... CHAOS Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070 - Imaged 4 December 2014 with Canon 200mm f/2.8 lens mounted on Celestron CPC 9.25.

Waiting for Summer

Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... LOCAL Here, in this paradise ... on a hundred small white sand beaches and rocky headlands, it is always possible to find a special place - a Happy Place where before dawn you can sit and contemplate the day ahead. Over this past year as I've acclimatised to coastal life and [...]

Nights of Wonder – Blue Shores

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” Albert Einstein Shooting the bioluminescent blue night shores of Barfleur Beach in Jervis Bay, 2 October 2016. This was the first time I’ve seen the phenomenon live, and it was a great privilege to share [...]

Searching for Heaven

'At least for a while,' said Elrond. 'The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the [...]

Nights of Wonder – Winter’s End

Here, as winter ends on the night shores of Collingwood Beach, Jervis Bay, the Milky Way arches across the landscape and slowly sets into the west .... Mars, Saturn and giant star Antares nestle just beneath the core and high cloud rises in the north illuminated by cities further up the coast. "For my part I know [...]

One Perfect Day

Sometimes, what was forecast to be a cold rainy day can translate into RARE serendipity .... the combination of a magical winter dawn, an alignment of 3 planets in the evening twilight, followed by a rising full moon over a shimmering Jervis Bay. "It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by [...]

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 [...]

Painting the Dawn

“Of all the things we fashioned for them that they might be comforted, dawn is the one that works. When darkness sifts from the air like fine soft soot and light spreads slowly out of the east then all but the most wretched of humankind rally. It is a spectacle we immortals enjoy, this minor [...]

There are Places – Lake Oberon

In all seasons over the years – I've walked the shores of Lake Oberon … Crunching the frosted fields of winter, Breathing the mist shrouded stillness of autumn, Smelling the wild-flowered meadows of spring and resting in dappled sunlight under the arched branches of trees at noon on a summer's day …. A place for [...]

Winter Shores

As winter begins here on the shores of Jervis Bay, the core of the Milky Way glows amidst a billion stars as it curves across the Bay to meet the dawn. Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... CURVE “In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their [...]

The Pure, Cold Light of a Billion Suns

“....my sacred landscape is the foothills of the stars - I go there often to sleep ...” John Geddes - A Familiar Rain Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... PURE Collingwood Beach, Jervis Bay NSW

A Day will Come

Here, on the Plantation Point headland overlooking Jervis Bay, you gaze out into the dark night to watch the core of our own Milky Way galaxy rising in the East above Point Perpendicular then arch magestically across the Bay. The neighbouring Magellanic Cloud galaxies lie high in the southern sky, while Mars, Saturn and Spica burn brightly on the northern flank 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

Breathing Dawn

“All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.” Kenneth Grahame - The Wind in the Willows Inspired by Ailsa's Travel Theme .... BREATHE   Greenfields Beach, Jervis Bay

Starship Earth

  Here, standing on the bridge of Starship Earth, we gaze out into the cosmic ocean to the core of the Home Galaxy. "On this shore, we've learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is [...]

Soft, Shining Peace

Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... ABSTRACT “There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Certain numbers were the same way and certain dates and these with the names of the places were all you could say and have them mean anything. Abstract [...]

For the Fallen

ANZAC Day 2016 100 years ago, in the carnage of the Somme battlefield, Bois Grenier, Northern France, my great uncle Rudolph Schulstad wrote in his diary ..... "Commencing at 7.30 until 9.35 pm yesterday, we were under a terrific bombardment, the enemy sending on one sector about 8,000 shells varying from 6 inch to 9.2 inch. One came [...]

Across the Airless Sahara

"And then, the Earth being small, mankind will migrate into space, and will cross the airless Saharas which separate planet from planet and sun from sun. The Earth will become a Holy Land which will be visited by pilgrims from all the quarters of the Universe. Finally, men will master the forces of Nature; they [...]

Water and Light – Alaska

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. The finest of the glacier meadow [...]

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 [...]