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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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  

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Alaska – The Passage

“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

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. [...]

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 [...]

The Departure of Shadows

Then you think that the Darkness is coming? said Eowyn. 'Darkness unescapable?' 'No', said Faramir, looking into her face ..... 'The reason of my waking mind tells me that great evil has befallen, and we stand at the end of days. But my heart says nay; and all my limbs are light, and a hope [...]

Remember. Dream. Believe

“And suddenly it came to him. That Strawberry Fields garden he'd come from, and the Freedom Tower he'd been thinking of: taken together, didn't they contain the two words that said it all about this city, the two words that really mattered? It seemed to him that they did. Two words: the one an invitation, [...]

Breakfast in Jasper

“One can follow the sun, of course, but I have always thought that it is best to know some winter, too, so that the summer, when it arrives, is the more gratefully received.” Beatriz Williams - Along the Infinite Sea Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta Canada - Winter 2011

Memory of Northern Skies

“And the mist of snow, as he had foreseen, was still on it - a ghost of snow falling in the bright sunlight, softly and steadily floating and turning and pausing, soundlessly meeting the snow that covered, as with a transparent mirage, the bare bright cobbles. He loved it - he stood still and loved [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Nights of Wonder – Summer Shores

"We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds." Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904), 1897 Waiting to view the Geminids at 3am on Nelson Beach, Jervis Bay .... The sea mist and clouds remained with no comet dust, but there was compensation.

Endless Summer Days – Inception

These are the days of the endless summer These are the days, the time is now There is no past, there's only future There's only here, there's only now These are the days now that we must savour And we must enjoy as we can These are the days that will last forever You've got [...]

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 [...]

Searching for the Endless Summer

“Here I came to the very edge where nothing at all needs saying, everything is absorbed through weather and the sea, and the moon swam back, its rays all silvered, and time and again the darkness would be broken by the crash of a wave, and every day on the balcony of the sea, wings [...]

The Price of Freedom

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers Inspired by WordPress Weekly Photo [...]

The Ornate Serenity of Stars

"Even these stars, which seem so numerous, are, as sand, as dust, or less than dust, in the enormity of the space in which there is nothing. Nothing! We are not without empathetic terror when we open Pascal’s Pensées and read, 'I am the great silent spaces between worlds." Carl Sagan Inspired by WordPress Photo [...]

Night Shores – Stairway to Heaven

“In extraordinary times, the ordinary takes on a glow and wonder all of its own” Mike A. Lancaster - Human.4 Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... Extraordinary Imaged 2 nights ago at The Stairs near Nelson Beach, Vincentia in Jervis Bay ... at this moment down on the rocky shoreline the rising tide was lapping at my heels [...]

There are Places …

“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 [...]

The Shores of Imagination

"If we can establish a Mars colony, we can almost certainly colonise the whole Solar System, because we’ll have created a strong economic forcing function for the improvement of space travel. We’ll go to the moons of Jupiter, at least some of the outer ones for sure, and probably Titan on Saturn, and the asteroids. [...]

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 [...]

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