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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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 [...]


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   


He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below,saw everything as far as you can see.And they say that he got crazy once and that hetried to touch the sun,and he lost a friend, but kept the memory.Now he walks in quiet solitude, the forest and the stream,seeking grace in every step he takes,his sight [...]

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 [...]

Cover Art for PhotoBooks

 This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is to select images that could be used for covers (books, albums etcetera) ....For me, one of the enjoyable things about returning home from travel is to create a Photo Book of the best images - some in Hard Cover but mainly eBook format. I use Blurb Books as its [...]

Diamond Head – O’ahu

Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge - EnduranceDiamond Head is part of the complex of cones, vents, and their associated eruption flows that are collectively known to geologists as the Honolulu Volcanic Series.The summit of Diamond Head is said to have the longest 360 deg land view in the world, and provides a very welcome relief to [...]

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 [...]

Tracy Arm Fiord – Alaska

The sky was heavily clouded the day we sailed into Tracy Arm .... The most perfect conditions to capture the blue in the glacier and small bergs floating around the fiord. The mountains along the fiord were shrouded in white blankets of low cloud which contrasted beautifully with the deep greens of spruce trees and [...]

Castle of Dreams – Banff Springs Hotel

  A British writer Morley Roberts, who worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883 recounted seeing the Banff Springs Hotel for the first time after 40 years absence from the Rocky Mountains .... Morley visited and toured through the Hotel, felt its walls, looked through its windows and talked to its guests, and decided that [...]

Lake Louise – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, named Lake of the Little Fishes by the Stoney Natoka First Nations people, is a glacial lake within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, located 5 km west of the Hamlet of Lake Louise and the Trans-Canada Highway.Lake Louise is named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939), the fourth daughter of Queen [...]

Glacier Bay – Alaska

The highlights of the sail through the Alaskan Inside Passage were the days spent in Glacier Bay and Tracy Arm. Both are majestic in their own right, surrounded by fog shrouded cliffs and pine forested peaks, harbouring wildlife including whales and bald eagles.For photographers, the best conditions to view the glaciers in both are overcast [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Split Second Story

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is Split - Second StoryWe are currently travelling through the Canadian Rocky Mountains over 2 weeks and then up along the Alaskan coast to Ketchikan. A day or so ago on the Ice - Fields Parkway between Banff and Jasper standing proudly in the afternoon sunshine was this Mountain Goat .... [...]

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 – 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          

Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse

The original Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse was constructed of timber in 1882 and located as part of the Shoalhaven Signal Station on the beach 200 metres to the west of the current lighthouse. Aside from the Keepers Cottages at South Solitary Island, this is probably the most endangered lighthouse in New South Wales and is of [...]

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 [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

This week's Photo Challenge is Fleeting Dew evaporates And all our world is dew So dear, So fresh, So fleeting .....- Kobayashi Issa Fleeting Life - Australian War Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux. Somme Battlefield, Northern France "For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the [...]