Nina Joan

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| start where you are | 

  
| start where you are. distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. take advantage of every opportunity of service |

 ~ Robert J. Collier

dost thou love life?

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

~ Benjamin Franklin

‘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

“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

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:)

Read and Drink Tea

IMG_0176Every day we need to take time to chillout/relax and enjoy life.

Hope you are having a great day.

Nina Joan

 

Photography

Photography captures a moment of beauty seen through the eyes of the photographer. This moment is captured for others to see the indescribable beauty.

Life is beautiful. Sometimes you have to search to see the beauty. That is the enjoyable part…looking for something that is worth capturing.

Nina Joan

This Lonely Road

 

This photograph was taken as I visited a friend south of Brisbane. It was a grey and dreary day. I wandered around for a while looking for photographs but the light was dull and the landscape, depressing. As I crossed this road, I was immediate struck at the sight. A lonely road is rather a foreboading sight.

Sometimes I wonder why life is sometimes lonely. Life is often hard, and full of problems. How is it possible to see the sun on dreary, overcast days?

I wrote in a previous post ‘Into the Fog’ about where we are travelling and the path that life takes us. We don’t often know where we are going. As we travel along our road there are roadblocks that often hit us or the road is long and lonely. We don’t know when, how or why things in life happen to us. Life’s harships can cause even the strongest heart to feel faint. How can we never lose hope in the purpose in our lives when every thing around us shouts, you are alone and nothing goes right for you? How can I keep being strong and pretending that life is lonely and my heart is breaking.

Psalm 34:18 says, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

This promise reassures us that the Lord is with us. He knows and feels our pain. Even though life presents its challenges we must continually rely on the knowledge that He is with us where ever we are and whatever we are going through.

 

Into the Fog

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This photo was taken north of Rockhamton, Queensland. It was a brisk morning during winter when I ventured out for a walk with my camera. I had not been walking long when I stopped to take this photo and in the moment I knew that what I had captured was beautiful.

As we journey along the road of life we quite often do not know where we are going. The track could be into the unknown as the tracks in this photo disappear into the fog. Where are we going? How will we get there? What we will go through?

Unfortunately we will never know exactly where the path of life will take us. The only thing that will keep our lives on the right track is to never give up hoping. Jeremiah 29:11 assures us “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and give you a future and a hope”

In the darkest days when there seems no point to living life and continuing on our track, we have to assure ourselves that there is a hope. There is a hope that God in Heaven in looking out for us even when we see our track heading….into the fog.

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