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

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 … More Forever Young

Awakening

Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea) on the Munyunga Waraga Dhugan Trail (Murrays Loop Trail) – Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay recovering from the September 2017 Summercloud Fire. Inspired by Weekly Photo Challenge…. Awakening

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  

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

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

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

A Day will Come

All this world is heavy with the promise of greater things, and a day will come, one days in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this Earth as one stands upon a footstool and laugh and reach out … More A Day will Come

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

Starship Earth

“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 where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. … More Starship Earth

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

Nightfall at the Asylum

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 was the fourth such Hospital to be built in Victoria, being one of the three largest. Mayday Hills Hospital closed in 1995 after 128 years of operation. … More Nightfall at the Asylum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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