Nina Joan

Category: garden

| wilderness and wet |


| What would the world be, once bereft 

Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,

O let them be left, wildness and wet,

Long live the weeds and the wildness yet |

~Gerard Manley Hopkins, Inversnaid

| jacaranda season |

| that freedom bold |


| how does the meadow flower its bloom unfold? because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold | 

~William Wordsworth 

| every flower | 

| ‘Tis my faith that every flower

Enjoys the air it breathes! |

~William Wordsworth 

| beautiful places | 


| all gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so |

– Joseph Joubert

| to autumn | 


| season of mists and mellow fruitfulness | 

To Autumn by John Keats 

| sometimes things must fade | 


| do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again | ~ unknown 

| find the beautiful |


| though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not |

 ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 

| beautiful things | 

  
| every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It is enough to drive one mad | 

~ Claude Monet 

| find beauty |

image| if you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere |

~ Vincent Van Gogh

rather than turn a new leaf

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“Rather than turning over a new leaf, prune your tree so that new leaves continue to blossom”

~Feroz Bham

‘I must have flowers, always, and always’

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‘I must have flowers, always, and always’

~ Claude Monet

the rose

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“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose’

~ Anne Brontë

dew drops

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‘Man’s life is like a drop of dew on a leaf’

~ Socrates

‘Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf’

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‘Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore.

There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree,

the trembling of a leaf’

~ Albert Schweitzer

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Luscious Yellows

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Among the roses

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The Rose Garden, New Farm Park, Brisbane

Lavender Avenues

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New Farm Park, Brisbane

Jacarandas

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The lavender jacarandas make October so beautiful.
New Farm Park, Brisbane

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The Earth Laughs in Flowers

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“The earth laughs in flowers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Behold and see, we are beautiful”

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What do you see in three yellow roses? I asked myself as I photographed my younger sister holding these flowers. We picked the flowers together from our Mother’s rose garden and then sought a suitable place and background to take a photograph. I was delighted with the way the photograph turned out. And in that moment and often in times gone by, there is another feeling I have felt when I capture of glimpse of nature. I am simply in awe of beauty. When I see these roses I see something more than the array of colours, the variety of shapes and sizes or the sweet smelling fragrance. I see beauty. And that beauty gives life to my soul. These roses do not have some mysterious power in their possession. What they do have is a reflection, a reflection of the one who created them.

The great theologian Jonathan Edwards once said, “For as God is infinitely the greatest Being, so he is allowed to be infinitely the most beautiful and excellent; and all the beauty to be found throughout the whole creation, is but the reflection of the diffused beams of that Being who hath an infinite fullness of brightness and glory.” Wherever we see creation we see the beauty of God. This is why I love photography. A photograph is a moment of God’s beauty captured. The beauty that we behold points to Him. In the prayer of St Augustine, ‘’The Beauty of Creation Bears Witness to God’, eloquently describes beauty and its relation to God:

 

Question the beauty of the earth,
the beauty of the sea,
the beauty of the wide air around you,
the beauty of the sky;
question the order of the stars,
the sun whose brightness lights the days,
the moon whose splendour softens the gloom of night;
question the living creatures that move in the waters,
that roam upon the earth,
that fly through the air;
the spirit that lies hidden,
the matter that is manifest;
the visible things that are ruled,
the invisible things that rule them;
question all these.

They will answer you: “Behold and see, we are beautiful.”

Their beauty is their confession to God.

Who made these beautiful changing things,

if not one who is beautiful and changeth not?

These three yellow roses say (to paraphrase St Augustine), “Behold and see, we are beautiful. Our beauty is our confession to God, our Creator”. All of creation displays a reflection of God’s beauty. If what we see on earth is only a reflection of His beauty. His beauty is beyond comprehension! What do you see in three yellow roses? I see beauty and a reflection of the Creator.

By Nina Joan

Beauty

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Spring is here!

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Scenic Views

Country Church

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Country Church. South of Canberra

Shining Nature

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‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better’ Albert Einstein

Mt Mee

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Mt Mee, Queensland

Summer break has finally started so I thought I would get back into photography.

I went for a drive into the mountains and national park. The hills always seem so green and luscious.

There is something about the cool mountain air that always leaves on refreshed.

Hope you are having a great week:)

Under the Jacaranda Trees

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Carpets of Purple

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New Farm Park, Brisbane

In October every year, New Farm Park in Brisbane comes alive in a glorious display of purple. The avenue through the park is aligned with a canopy of Jacarandas on either side. The leaves fall to the ground and creates a carpet of purple flowers. The jacarandas only blossom for a short time and invades the beautiful park with the powerful purple. I have  always loved the display of colour in October, the sometimes dull and dreary streets come alive in with the colours of springtime and you can’t help but feel alive too. If you are ever in Brisbane make sure you visit New Farm Park, located only a few minutes away from the CBD and the Brisbane River.It is truly one of the icons of Brisbane.

Nina Joan

The way home

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Mt Tambourine, Queensland

Shades of Light

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Shades of light call the dawn of night ~ Nina Joan

Home

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Can you believe that someone lives here? It is so lovely! I don’t live here but visited this homestead with a friend of mine a few years ago. I have fond memories from visiting this homestead in the middle of nowhere (about 2 hrs from nearest neighbour) in outback Queensland. The people who live here have their own slice of heaven. A picture of heaven.

Rose Garden

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The rose gardens at New Farm Park at pleasant to wander through. The fragrances of all the flowers are delightful. The gentle autumn breeze signals that winter is not too far away.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
Nina

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