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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

The Frozen Light of the Moon (2)

The full Moon sets over the frozen Thredbo/Crackenback Valley, Kosciuszko National Park 4.50am, 4 May 2015. “It was the kind of moon that I would want to send back to my ancestors and gift to my descendants so they know that I too, have been beauty.” Sanober Khan, Turquoise Silence Inspired by Ailsa's Travel Theme [...]

The Frozen Light of the Moon

In the teeth of an alpine gale a few nights ago, I managed to hold the tripod still enough to capture a fleeting and subtle image of a Moon Bow arching across the Thredbo/Crackenback Valley in Kosciusko National Park. A moonbow (also known as a lunar rainbow or white rainbow), is produced by light reflected [...]

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 [...]


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   

Belonging to the Wild Places

 Ailsa's Photography Travel Theme this week is Belonging .... Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me, has none to offer; but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undisturbed.She [...]

Travel Theme – Numbers

 Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Numbers .... Prague Astronomical Clock At the outer edge of the clock, golden Schwabacher numerals are set on a black background. These numbers indicate Old Czech Time (or Italian hours), with 24 indicating the time of sunset, which varies during the year from as early as 16:00 in winter [...]

Travel Theme – Simplify

  Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Simplify ....I've used this one before, but no image I have or could take says it more clearly.   Danube River, Austria   "What matters in the lives of most people are the small appointments of days, the details of which one wishes he could remember as he ages [...]

Rivers of Dreams

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is RiversMy 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 the lights on [...]

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

This week's Photo Challenge is SPRING & Ailsa's Travel Theme is CLOSE-UPBorrowing 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 snows awaken [...]

Travel Theme – Misty

Ailsa's Theme this week is Misty .... Walhalla Temple - Regensburg, GermanyThe 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 of [...]

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 River [...]

Travel Theme – Silver

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is SILVER Travel distance - 157,000 light years from Earth The Large Magallenic Cloud is a nearby irregular galaxy, once thought to be a satellite of our own. It is visible in the night sky from the southern hemisphere, on the border between the constellations Dorado and Mensa. Imaged 18 [...]

Travel Theme – Illuminated

Ailsa's Theme for this week is Illuminated ... The definition of "Illuminated" is Paris - City of Light - in any season, even in daylight the light is different from other places .... Whether the morning sun on a balcony and cafe waitress' face, the splashing of rain along a Seine pathway or the slanting [...]

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 [...]

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: 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 recent travels in Europe [...]

Travel Theme: Pathways

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Pathways: Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Middle Franconia, the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. Outside the rampart walls of this medieval German town lies the castle garden. The pathway remained unexplored by me on that cold spring afternoon, but that is one of [...]