The Shores of Valinor

I’ve been shooting bio-luminescence along the Jervis Bay shoreline now for a few years – where it appears unexpectedly, and on this particular night a few months ago, the whole length of the beach was alight with blue as small waves lapped against the sand leaving lines of sparkling fairy dust while Mars and a … More The Shores of Valinor

Crowded Sky

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” Og Mandino  

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 … More Ambient Shoreline

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  

Punishment

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde

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  

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 Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070

Wave Theory

“Even nature; the restless waves, irregular trees and stars all out of line show that chaos can be beautiful!” Sophia McMaster – The Last Companion  

Calm

“If the ocean can calm itself, so can you. we are both salt water mixed with air.” Nayyirah Waheed  

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  

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 … More Painting the Dawn

Ice Cities

  “The only cities were of ice, bergs with cores of beryl, blue gems within white gems, that some said gave off an odor of almonds.” Annie Proulx – The Shipping News   Tracy Arm, Alaska

Forever Summer

Here, in this land across the mountains and far from the sea, I found sun bleached dry grass plains and a sky of intense azure blue A wide river with red soil banks of eucalypt and willow providing dappled shade; dragonflies and midges hovering at midday above languid pools. Pelicans and screeching black galahs flying … More Forever Summer

Tracy Arm

Tracy Arm is a fjord in Alaska near Juneau, located adjacent to Stephens Passage within the Tongass National Forest. Tracy Arm is the heart of the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, designated by the United States Congress in 1980.  

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

Winter Shores

“In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually toward the horizon.” Albert Camus

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   Greenfields Beach, Jervis Bay

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 … More For the Fallen

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

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, … More The Gates of Day

Moon Dance

“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.” Edward Lear – The Owl and the Pussycat

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  

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 … More Clouded Twilight

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 … More The Waves of Paradise

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 … More Summer

Breathing 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   Storm cell approaching Dubbo, Central West NSW on Boxing … More Breathing Clouds

The Gathering of Day

“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 not far off’, said Gamling, who had now climbed up beside him. ‘But dawn will not help … More The Gathering of Day

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