Nina Joan

Category: Photo Story

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that old bookstore


Time becomes and illusion when wandering through passages of crowded corridors and corners filled from the floor to the heights of the ceiling with books.  The maze of books piled, stacked and lined in chaotic order fills the soul with wonder. Though in the silence, the aged and weary books themselves speak as they have stories to share with whom every dares to open them. As I wander through I cannot help but wonder; who has held these pages and turned each page? Was it in either delight or derision? Where have these books travelled to and where will they go? Wandering through time and through the maze one cannot help but enjoy the unknown mystery held within an old bookstore.


To Read


“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go”

~ Dr. Seuss


Delighting in dusk


Among the roses


The Rose Garden, New Farm Park, Brisbane



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


The Earth Laughs in Flowers


“The earth laughs in flowers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

To Autumn

Long gone are the cool days of autumn….summer has come to Queensland


Beautiful Cathedral

St Johns Cathedral, Brisbane

Reflections on Lake Burley Griffin


The beautiful Lake Burley Griffen, Canberra turns 50 years old today. It is one of my favourite places to visit and photograph.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Nina Joan

Fading light..

Farewell to another day.

“Behold and see, we are beautiful”


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




Mist & Light


Another shot from this glorious and misty morning.


My Country


My Country
By Dorothea Mackellar

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!


National Library of Australia


Lavender & The National Library of Australia

Avenues of Trees


Today I went exploring the beautiful city of Canberra. It is autumn and the colours are just lovely. I will be posting more of my travels from today during the week.



Vibrant Colours


Vibrant days call for afternoon walks.


Shades of Autumn

‘It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
~ Ernest Hemingway

Photography Fun

A Sunday afternoon walk taking photos = bliss!


Lest We Forget


Country Church

Country Church. South of Canberra

In the Bush


Gum tree in the morning, autumn light.


Shining Nature

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

The Snowy River


The Snowy River beings right here in the beautiful Snowy Mountains.

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