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| 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 

| there is a path |


although it may not be seen from the valley. over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley 

~ Theodore Roethke

dancing in the light of dusk


The light faded upon Mother’s day, she delighted and danced in the light of dusk. It was glorious. Indeed it was.

~ Nina Joan

the grass is greener


We all know the famous phrase “the grass is greener on the other side of the fence”. This saying is used to illustrate being discontent or envious of other people, things or circumstances who seem to have things better than you do. Photography has taught me to be content with what I have been given, what I am able to see, experience, create and capture. We can spend far too much time worrying about all that could be that we lose focus on the present. We need to forget about the grass on the other side of the fence and begin to behold the present and see how green the grass is where we are standing.

the rose

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

~ Anne Brontë

though we travel


“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Best of 2014

Post Card Perfect!


View of Brisbane City from Mt Cootha Lookout.

Valley Views


Views from the mountain down the valley.

You can also see some of the Glass House Mountains.

Mt Mee, Queensland

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:)

Through the Storm


Summer Colours


Bougainvillea Flowers

Under the Jacaranda Trees


Carpets of Purple



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

Coffee and a game of Chess?


Trying out a new place for coffee on the weekend my friend and I found this lovely place in Brisbane which was a cafe with a bit of fun. Playing a game of chess is a clever idea in a cafe (although I must confess we didn’t actually play). I took the photograph and realised we needed to have our morning coffee before even contemplating to play so early in the morning.

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


The way home

IMG_0160Lovely path towards a home.

Mt Tambourine, Queensland

Hazy Days


It has been a very dry winter in Queensland and with the amount of bushland there are always bush fires.

Looking out over the landscape in this photo you can see the hazy sky. Sometimes the bush fires are controlled and some are not.

Hopefully this spring and summer won’t bring too many devastating

Photo: Mount Tambourine, Queensland

Traveller or Tourist?


The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton

A photo of myself looking out to the view of the ancient temple of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Autumn Life


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
― Albert Camus

Australia! Australia!


“Australia! Australia! so fair to behold”
Henry Lawson



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


Glass House Mountains, Queensland

The Mountains

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ~ John Muir


Diamonds & Dusk


Looking for the Sunshine


Queensland is now on a cyclone watch, again. We have endured some very intense weather already this year. Many people have been affected by cyclone Oswald and the floods that followed. I know there is not much that we can do about the weather other than to pray. We have endured a great deal and that endurance creates character in us and we become better people. This gives us hope and we should hold onto that. Someday soon the sunshine will come again.

It’s still Raining


Stand Firm

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

William Shakespeare



Compassion costs. It is easy enough to argue, criticise and condemn, but redemption is costly, and comfort draws from the deep. Brains can argue, but It takes heart to comfort. Samuel Chadwick


Autumn is Arriving


Autumn is arriving. I have loved summer although we have again had some horrific weather in Queensland. It would be lovely to have a quiet and simple Autumn. Days like the one on this photograph would be very welcome.

Glen Innes, New South Wales



Lake Wanaka, South Island New Zealand.

Wonder. It is the feeling that I can describe as I take photographs. Keep the wonder in your heart and you will never be disappointed.

A Piece of Nature


Here is a little slice of nature.
Taken at Bunya Mountains, Queensland

Featured Photograph on Redbubble

Today, one of my photographs was featured on the home page of the photography side Redbubble. You are able to view it on this website for only a short time: My photograph is the image of the Sydney Opera House (bottom left). I am very excited to be featured! Photography is a passion of mine, so it is nice to have other people apprciate my work.
Nina Joan
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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.


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