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

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. … More Nightfall at the Asylum

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

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 … More The Waves of Paradise

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 … More Grey Days

Dawn Wind

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” ― W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme … Wind

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

Life on the Edge

Holding on precariously to whatever soil they can, these trees need to survive extreme weather conditions and the precarious winter home they've chosen at Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park – Canadian Rocky Mountains. Inspired by Ailsa's Travel Theme … Trees      

Springtime in Paris

“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 … More Springtime in Paris

Transformation 2

Paris – My 2 favourite images from the spring of 2013 blended together. Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau and Cours Albert 1er – a walking path along the Seine. The cold and very wet day along the Seine balancing the camera under a small umbrella Transformed by the next day … warm and beautiful sitting … More Transformation 2

Transformation

  The ramparts of Fairview Mountain are reflected in the thawing edges of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada as the Rocky Mountains are transformed from the depth of Winter into Spring. Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme …. Transformation    

Open Doors

“There will always be a door to the light” – Shiro Amano – Kingdom Hearts, Vol.1 In response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme … Doors Paris – Palais Garnier Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Bavaria Rhine Gorge – Marksburg Castle New Zealand – Dunedin Railway Station Vienna – Schonbrunn Palace Melk Abbey – Austria New Zealand … More Open Doors

Industry

The Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers flow through the industrial heartland of Germany and Austria. Canal locks, barges, hydro stations, ancient rusting machines, container ships and factories of all kinds line the river banks and encourage you to always have camera in hand. In response to Ailsa's Travel Theme – Industry    

Rivers of Dreams

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Rivers My dreams are often gently haunted by two rivers …. The Danube between Budapest in Hungary and Regensburg in Germany – flowing through large towns, small villages, lush farmland and past historical architectural masterpieces     And the Vltava River as it flows through Prague … Just as … More Rivers of Dreams

WPC (Spring) and Travel Theme (Close-Up)

This week's Photo Challenge is SPRING & Ailsa's Travel Theme is CLOSE-UP Borrowing Vladimir Brezina's Windagainstcurrent great idea of combining the 2 …. Here is my interpretation: At the foothills of the Ramshead Range in Koszkiusko National Park, NSW the early days of Spring 2013 bring sunlight to the banks of the Thredbo River. Melting … More WPC (Spring) and Travel Theme (Close-Up)

Travel Theme – Misty

Ailsa's Theme this week is Misty …. Walhalla Temple – Regensburg, Germany The white stone temple sits on a massive foundation with 358 steps that lead down to a boat landing on the Danube. A Teutonic Hall of Fame to honor German-speaking artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and other historic figures commissioned by King Ludwig I … More Travel Theme – Misty

Paris Gardens

This week's Travel Theme is GARDEN … The Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The gardens of the Champ de Mars lie at the foot of the Eiffel Tower between the Ecole Militaire and the … More Paris Gardens

Travel Theme: Distance

This week's Travel Theme is DISTANCE The Battle of Hamel (4 July 1918) was a successful attack launched by the Australian Corps of the Australian Imperial Force and several American units against German positions in and around the town of Le Hamel in northern France during World War I. The battle was planned and commanded … More Travel Theme: Distance

Travel Theme: Big

This week's Challenge is Big Big Sacrifice ….. Pozieres The Battle of Pozieres was a 2 week struggle for the French village of Pozieres and the ridge on which it stands – during the middle stages of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Pozieres is remembered as primarily an Australian battle. The fighting ended with … More Travel Theme: Big

Travel Theme: Architecture

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Architecture “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” Frank Gehry Prague – Saint Agnes of Bohemia and Muzeum Karlova mostu Regensburg Cathedral   Paris – Notre Dame Cathedral   Czesky Krumlov   Budapest – Parliament Building          

Travel Theme: Tilted

  Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Tilted Tilting at Windmills Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. And no sooner did Don Quixote see them that he said to his squire, “Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished. Do you … More Travel Theme: Tilted

Travel Theme: Motion

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Motion River Seine in Paris at dusk …. The boat traffic is fairly hectic at this time, and It's difficult to get more than 30 seconds to capture the lights as they come on. This is a photo I almost deleted but it suits the theme.  

Travel Theme: Sculpture

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Sculpture   There is a very narrow space between the frontiers of Architecture and Sculpture ….. The interrelationship between the two disciplines as they borrow from each other enriches each in turn. Both are expressions of Fine Art along with poetry, music and painting.   A small gallery from … More Travel Theme: Sculpture

Travel Theme: Flow

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Flow. Flowing with the current – Danube River, Germany Powering through the flow – Rhine River, Germany   Controlling the flow – Danube River, Germany Going with the flow – Rue Cler, Paris and Vienna, Austria  

Travel Theme: Peaceful

This week's Travel Theme is Peaceful Def: : untroubled by conflict, agitation, or commotion Jervis Bay – South Coast, NSW Australia View from Prague Castle Vltava River, Prague – from the Charles Bridge Danube River, Lower Austria Dawn – Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, Bavaria  

Travel Theme: Costume

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Costume The Prague Castle Guard was founded in 1918 to provide security and today more than 600 troops serve in this military unit. The members are selected from the Army of the Czech Republic and must meet strict professional and educational requirements. In addition the soldiers must be in … More Travel Theme: Costume

Travel Theme: Benches

  Ailsa's Travel Theme for this week is Benches   Waiting for Summer – My wife's photo at Whistler Mountain – British Columbia, Canada Winter of 2011     I really believe I was happier when I slept on a park bench In Central Park, than during all the years Of the “Perfect Lover” stuff … More Travel Theme: Benches

Travel Theme: Time

“It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.” George Harrison … More Travel Theme: Time