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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Seasons in Paradise – Across the Silver Sea

“There, in the shimmering distance, was a sail. I stared in momentary disbelief, but there it was, one of the most beautiful sights the Pacific can ever offer — a ship in full sail edging her way through the blue waters.” Tom Neale - An Island to Oneself Inspired by Ailsa's Travel Theme .... Luminous

No Known Cure

“Life.... This morning the sun made me adore it. It had, behind the dripping pine trees, the oriental brightness, orange and crimson, of a living being, a rose and an apple, in the physical and ideal fusion of a true and daily paradise.” Juan Ramón Jiménez, Time and Space: A Poetic Autobiography When you watch every [...]

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 More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I [...]

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

The Poetry of the Sea

“The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities... If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the [...]

Postcards from Spring #1

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: "Winter is dead.” A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young Crescent Moon at Dawn - Greenfields Beach Dawn - Nelson Beach Evening Twilight - Plantation Point Moon and Venus at Dawn - Greenfields Beach Sunrise - Greenfields Beach Shearwater at [...]

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

Days of Earth and Sky – The Way to the West

“The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.” J.R.R. Tolkien - The [...]

Intimations of Spring – Nyngan

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good [...]

Sky Fire over the Bay

... And after a Good Day, a storm at night to charge the air and wash the sky “By early evening all the sky to the north had darkened and the spare terrain they trod had turned a neuter gray as far as the eye could see. They grouped in the road at the top of [...]

Winter on the Shoreline – Days Like These

When you stand at the shores of paradise, and meditate on the approaching dawn .... Every day is good "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 [...]

The End of Fear

It is easy to harbour a fear of the dark. We live connected to light throughout our life, and find it difficult to head out into the night away from our suburban backyard and stand under the stars. The unfamiliar, the strangeness. Alone. But Fear is the factor to overcome if you want the reward [...]

Walking on Dreams

The recurring thoughts that come when you visit the iconic buildings, and tread the ancient streets and courtyards of Europe, especially in the early hours is .... How many have stood and walked here .... what events have taken place on this worn cobbled road .... whose hopes and dreams were fulfilled or broken by following the winding [...]

Grey Days

“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 [...]

Cape St. George Lighthouse Ruins

Cape St George Lighthouse stood about 3 kilometres south of the southern entrance to Jervis Bay. Constructed in 1860 it was active until 1889. The recommendation to build a lighthouse on the vicinity was made in 1856. However, despite the fact that the Pilots Board, which was the controlling authority, was not consulted, £5000 were [...]

Winter on the Shoreline 5 – Glimpses of Paradise

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” ― Rachel Carson Its hard not to be inspired every day in this special place  Huskisson Huskisson Murrays Moon over Collingwood Beach Orion Beach

Sunrise Grasses

“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

Frozen Memories

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 [...]

Completion

“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.” ― Plato, The Symposium Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... Half and Half

Last Dawn

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 [...]