Nina Joan

Category: Beach

| the harbour | 

| a ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for | 

~ William G.T. Shedd

| life is a great big canvas |

| Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can | ~ Danny Kaye

| nature is the art of God|

| nature is the art of God| Dante Alghieri

o colour of the world


O, Colour of the world, but I can find you, most tender, pure and clear.

~ Dorothea Mackellar

(Excerpt From the Poem – Colour)

| the ocean is a mighty harmonist |

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| the ocean is a mighty harmonist |

~ William Wordsworth

so throw off the bowlines. sail away from the safe harbor.


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.




~ Mark Twain

‘my soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea’


‘My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.’

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


ocean hues


Caloundra, Sunshine Coast



a drop in the ocean



“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”

~ Mother Teresa


sweltering summer


Summer is reminding us it is still here in Queensland today. After a reasonably cool Christmas and New Year the hot and humid days have hit us again. Stay cool everyone!

to travel is to live


Double Island Point, Queensland

‘To travel is to live’  ― Hans Christian Andersen

though we travel


“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

summer afternoon


Summer afternoon;
to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

~Henry James



A perfect summer day at Double Island, Queensland

Malua Bay

Malua Bay, New South Wales

Beautiful Queensland



Ellis Beach, North Queensland

This is the beautiful Ellis beach north of Cairns in Queensland.

It was perfect day to see my cousin get married in a simple beach wedding.

Palm trees, blue seas and golden sands which stretch as far as you can see.



Upside Down


Captured thus photograph of my brother. The reflections looked so good I turned it upside down:)


Shelly’s Beach


A shot from Shelly’s Beach which is right around the point from Moffat Beach (see previous post).

Moffat’s Beach


Yesterday’s view of Moffat Beach. Winter is the best in Australia.



Redcliffe, Queensland



Another overcast day in Brisbane. The autumn weather has started and after a long, hot summer the cooler weather is finally here. This photograph was taken by of the side of the State Library of Queensland. I love the way the building’s design incorporates the pants on the exterior of the building. It is a beautiful contrast of architecture and nature.



Noosa, Queensland.



We have been having some rather grey weather at the moment. I took this shot at Noosa beach yesterday. The shades of colour came out brilliantly.

Hope you all had a great Monday.





“The wave is the signature of every experience of life. By understanding the nature of waves and their characteristics, and applying that understanding to our lives, we can navigate life with a little more grace.” Jeffrey R. Anderson


Live Free


Live free. We have a lot of pressure in our lives to be who ‘everyone’ else thinks we should be. Recently I took sunrise photographs with my three brothers. We do spend a lot of time together as we are friends and feel most comfortable with each other. While I was taking photographs my youngest brother (pictured) decided he would scare the seagulls always. He is 19 years old and I thought it was quite funny to watch someone feeling ‘free’. This photograph made me ponder and ask myself the question, do I live my free? Or am I bound by other people’s expectations? Perhaps it is a good reminder to live our lives free (and chase those seagulls away).




‘There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope’ ~ Bern Williams



Morning shots are great the only downside is how early you have to get up. I decided to take photographs in Caloundra (which is about an hours drive from where I live) so I had to leave home at 4:15am. It’s a good thing I got some good shots;)

Hope you enjoy,
Nina Joan

Under a Tree with Sea Views


Driving by the sea during my busy day. It was a brief moment of sunshine and it was very pleasant.

Colours of the Sea


“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

Henry David Thoreau

Summer Heat Wave

16As you may know I live in Queensland, Australia. Right now we are experienceing a heat wave. It is one of the hottest summers I have ever experienced. There is not much to do but try to stay cool and wait for the weather to change. Another negative to having heat waves is bushfires. There are hundreds of bushfires currently burning all over Australia. Most fires are well away from homes but unfortunately many homes were destroyed in Tasmania. My thoughts and prayers are with those families and communiities. I hope all Australians are staying cool and staying safe.

Nina Joan

Summer Sunshine


Beautiful weather in Queensland. Summer days filled with fun and adventures awaits!

Summer has Arrived


Photograph taken at Kelly’s beach, Bundaberg, Queensland. It is exciting that summer has well and truly come!

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