Nina Joan

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| nights by the river |

| by the banks of the river | 

| by the banks of the river, Condamine |

Warrick, Queensland 

| 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 

| if winter comes, can spring be far behind? | 

| if winter comes, can spring be far behind? | 

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

| 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

| still waters |

| still waters | 

| the river called Brisbane |

| the river called Brisbane |

| beautiful things | 

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

~ Claude Monet 

| flowers |


| flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world | ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

| find beauty |

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

~ Vincent Van Gogh

  | The poetry of earth is never dead. | 


 | The poetry of earth is never dead. | ~ John Keats

an autumn afternoon


Lake Samsonvale, Brisbane, Australia


and the sun sank again on the grand Australian bush


“And the sun sank again on the grand Australian bush”
~ Henry Lawson

‘I must have flowers, always, and always’


‘I must have flowers, always, and always’

~ Claude Monet

‘you can only come to the morning through the shadows’




‘you can only come to the morning through the shadows’

  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien


lovely lavender

A gallery of lovely shades of lavender.


I hope you have enjoyed this time of year lovingly surrounded by family and friends.

Nina Joan



Park Panorama

New Farm Park, Brisbane

“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

A day begins with…


A day must begin with….coffee!

Hope you have a great day!



Majestic Clouds


Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Travelling on my way home from the coast and saw an afternoon storm was gloriously lit by the sunset.

(naturally I had to pull off the highway and take a photography:)

Summer Colours


Bougainvillea Flowers

“Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors …Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.”

~ Albert Einstein





“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” Ansel Adams 



I walked in to this majestic cathedral yesterday. I have lived in Brisbane most of my life and never walked in.It showed me that there is beauty all around and if you don’t see it at first…keep looking and you might just find it!




A selection of some of my Instagram photographs. Feel free to have a look and follow me on Instagram @ninajoan🙂


Looking Up


I found this beautiful wall covered in a luscious, green vine. Looking up it was such a lovely sight.

Glass House Mountains


A view of Mt Tibrogargan from White Horse Mountain.



Simply, Love….

New Farm Park, Brisbane

New Farm Park


I took a few photographs in my favourite city today.
It was an overcast day but the colours still came out quite nicely.

New Farm Park, Brisbane

Dusky Light


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