Nina Joan

Tag: country

| great things are done when men and mountains meet |

 | great things are done when men and mountains meet |

~ William Blake

into each life some rain must fall


‘Into each life some rain must fall’

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

the earth has music for those who listen


‘The earth has music for those who listen.’

~ George Santayana

twilight of the dawn


 The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.

~ H. G. Wells

dost thou love life?


‘Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.’

~ Benjamin Franklin

write it on your heart


‘Write it on your heart that ever day is the best day in the year’

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I may not have gone where I intended to go….


 “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

~ Douglas Adams

rather than turn a new leaf


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

~Feroz Bham

before the sun wakes


Taking photos before the sun wakes in the morning is one of my favourite times to photograph. When the alarm rings (ridiculously early), rather than be annoyed I am awake in an instant and ready to see what the new morning brings. It is easier when you don’t have to travel far to your location and trying to take dawn photos while in the city can be quite difficult. This photograph was taken while I lived in country New South Wales last year. All I had to do was walk out my door and down the drive way and I would be amongst the mountains, the mist and the glorious sounds and smells of the bush. Every morning was a new adventure to see what new masterpieces was created.

Dusk in the Country


Went for a drive yesterday afternoon after a hectic week at work. One of the best things about living in Queensland is that it doesn’t take you long to get into the country for. The city. These rolling mountains are only a 20 minute drive from where I live. The sunset ting over the mountains is always a refreshing sight and the crisp winter air beckons one to hurry back home!

Location: Dayboro, Queensland

Australia, Land of My Heart


Dorothea Mackellar, one of Australia’s most iconic poets wrote the well known poem; My Country. A homesick Mackellar wrote the words to this poem when she was in England. She longed to be back in the land that she loved and penned these words to show how much she loved Australia.

I am Australian and deeply love my country. The words of this poem have touched me since I first read it as a little girl and throughout my journeys in Australia the words are often in my heart. As I take photographs of this great, wide and beautiful land I know that I am blessed to live in the greatest country in the world.

Here is my favourite verse from the poem and I hope my photograph above, helps to illustrate the beauty of this great land.

‘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!’
Dorothea Mackellar

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