”As the images unwind Like the circles that you find In the windmills of your mind” Michel Jean Legrand
“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged…. Home.” ― J. Maarten Troost Inspired by Lens-Artists … More Going Home …
“All shadows whisper of the sun.” Emanuel Carnevali
“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
“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 More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I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 …
“It was a grey day, that least fleshly of all weathers; a day of dreams and far hopes and clear visions. It was a day easily associated with those abstract truths and purities that dissolve in the sunshine or fade out in mocking laughter by the light of the moon. The trees and clouds were … More Grey Days
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” John Lubbock, The Use Of Life Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme …. Grasses
Memories of Winter 2014 – Macquarie River, Bathurst NSW. Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. Close Up “He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.” ― Gabriel García Márquez, Love … More Frozen Memories
A final frosty, fog shrouded but beautifully vivid dawn on the Macquarie River before leaving Bathurst for the blue waters of Jervis Bay tomorrow. “October knew, of course, that the action of turning a page, of ending a chapter or of shutting a book, did not end a tale. Having admitted that, he would also … More Last Dawn
In a few days I will move from this place … the place where fog is born, and where the icy dawn has been my companion for many days. I truly embraced the winter cold waiting for sunrise, and the lonely silence of the night sky waiting for Scorpius and Orion. The memory of frozen hands will … More Days of Earth and Sky – Bathurst Retrospective
“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
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
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
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
The Milky Way floats above a pre-dawn cloudy sky in Central West NSW. Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge – Afloat The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And … More Floating like dust in the morning sky
Dawn over Dunkeld – Overlooking the Macquarie River and Stewart’s Mount at dawn Easter Monday.
This is a stitched 2 frame image of the Blood Moon (full Lunar Eclipse) over Bathurst last night. I was imaging with a Canon 7D prime focussed in Celestron CPC 9.25, and my photographer son Craig nearby with his Canon 5D2 and Canon 70-200mm L lens. Clouds obscured any view until near totality and the window … More Blood Moon over Bathurst
And from the shelter of my mind Through the window of my eyes I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets … And as I watch the drops of rain Weave their weary paths and die I know that I am like the rain There but for the grace of you go I Paul Simon – Kathy’s … More The Blurred Path to Camelot
Inspired by WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge … Ephemeral There are singular momentous events in the life of the universe – of star-birth and death, of colliding galaxies, massive firestorms of light that once or twice in a century illuminate the sky with fire and wonder … but the light is ephemeral. It often comes to … More The Ephemeral Light of Stars
Country Fresh – Bathurst, Central Tablelands NSW Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge …. FRESH
“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
A quiet hour beside the Mitchell Highway west of Bathurst this morning at 4am … Some cloud around and occasional light from approaching trucks Canon 7D Rokinon 14mm @ f/2.8 ISO 1600 Exp 25 sec “Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too … More Watching Stars at Dawn
It's been a week of storms in Central West NSW, and indeed across Eastern Australia … Every afternoon the clouds roll in with attending thunder – dropping much needed rain across the landscape. It hasn't been that easy though to get the storm shots I always hope for with dark heavy cloud and lightning cutting … More Upper Level Disturbance
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 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
Here in the Southern Hemisphere, the moon is now waning at 99% illumination … And this morning just before Dawn was settling into a bank of rain clouds. Not quite Super but still beautiful and impressive.
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
Star Cities compete with the winter lights of Bathurst, NSW – taken from Mt Rankin a few nights ago. Looking forward to October when the MW will lay low in the east (same view as here) 2 hours before dawn. Imaged with Canon 7D, Rokinon 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600 for 25 sec per frame. … More Star Cities over Bathurst
Out in the fields with the kangaroos behind my house on a cold but finally clear night….. The Milky Way arches over Bathurst NSW on 22 July 2014. This panorama is a 4 row mosaic (needed a 5th for the top of the MW). The Magellanic Clouds are visible beneath the arch towards the … More Star Clouds over Bathurst (Panorama)
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
I’m experimenting at the moment with different Panorama Software packages …. Currently using 2 – Microsoft Image Composition Editor (ICE) and Arcsoft Panorama Maker. This one is a 13 frame Panorama of the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way as it sets silently into the west just before dawn today. Imaged at 5am 9 July … More Sagittarius Arm at Dawn (Panorama)
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Horizon The fires of Sagittarius glow on the frozen winter horizon this morning before dawn … A Panorama of the Milky Way stitching 10 frames together in Windows ICE. Canon 7D, Canon 24-105L, f/4, ISO 3200, 25 sec
“I saw old Autumn in the misty morning stand, shadowless like Silence, listening to Silence.” – Thomas Hood Stewart's Mount – Ophir Road, Bathurst
Late afternoon storms roll across the green landscape of Bathurst, NSW Australia … Marking the change of season and charging the air with lightning and thunder.
All man made light shows ever devised pale into insignificance when compared to the silent and serene light from the millions of suns that make up the Sagittarius-Carina Arm of our Milky Way Galaxy. Imaged at 10.30pm New Years Eve 2013 as the Milky Way rises over Mt Panorama, Bathurst NSW Australia. The heroes of … More Fire works in the Carina Arm – NYE 2013
Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands I will find out where she has gone And kiss her lips and take her hand And walk through long green dappled grass And pluck till time and times are done The silver apples of the moon The golden apples of the sun. … More The Golden Apples of the Sun
Autumn afternoon last April on the Macquarie River, Bathurst NSW Australia.
Occasionally, themes for the Weekly Photo Challenge (Let there be Light) and Ailsa's Travel Theme (Sky) converge and make it difficult to distinguish which images to use …. And today's duo are a classic case. So these 3 images used previously are interchangeable for either theme …. No image in my collection says “sky” like … More Light and Sky
Fog Bows (white rainbows) are formed in the same way as rainbows in that light is reflected inside tiny water droplets and emerges to form a large circle or arc opposite the sun. This one was shot over my back fence at dawn yesterday. It was gone again in 5 minutes.
The waxing Moon and Venus set into the western sky over Bathurst on 8 September
Mt Rankin – Bathurst, NSW Australia Imaged 5.00 – 6.30am 8 September 2013 Canon 7D Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
Looking south into the Sagittarius_Carina Arm of the Milky Way as it rises above the Ophir Road, in Bathurst NSW Australia. Yellow-white Alpha Centauri lies at centre of the image – the 3rd brightest star in the southern sky and the closest star to our own at 4.3 light years. Below Alpha C lies the … More Southern Milky Way
Over the back fence ….. Cold front approaching.
The Weekly Challenge this week is One shot, two ways The first shot is one of the first from my new Rokinon Ultra wide Prime 14mm f/2.8 Imaged at dawn today in the hills outside Bathurst, NSW Australia. Same camera mounted on tripod – changing lenses. Canon 24-105mm L f/4. Swung around to … More Weekly Photo Challenge: One shot, two ways
The Bathurst Cemetery dates back to 1867. The monumental section contains many historic graves including the grave of former Prime Minister, Ben Chifley.
The Evans Plains Creek runs into the Macquarie River at Dunkeld in Bathurst, NSW (null)
The remains of the Denison Bridge on the Macquarie River, Bathurst NSW. The original bridge was swept away by the great flood of 1867.
Macquarie River – Bathurst, NSW