Soft, Shining Peace

Silence Falls The echoes die, the smoke-clouds thin and pass, The cannons are, like statues, dumb and cold: Silent the crosses wait, and in the grass The spent shells gleam like gold. All spent he lay and dreamed till the moment came: Now, waking with a cry, he looks, all wonder To see the empty … More Soft, Shining Peace

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

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 … More There are Places

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

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  

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

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

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

Remember

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

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

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

Cherish Life

Memorial Garden – Port Arthur, Tasmania Death has taken its toll Some pain knows no release But the knowledge of brave compassion Shines like a pool of peace. May we who come to this garden Cherish life for the sake of those who died Cherish compassion for the sake of those who gave aid Cherish … More Cherish Life

A Shared Life

My parents passed away in 2010 – only a few weeks apart. Today would have been their Wedding Anniversary. Looking at the photograph taken on their honeymoon that warm February morning 60 years ago – you see a smiling fresh faced young couple. Your parents always appear to be old as you grow up, but … More A Shared Life