Nina Joan

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| she is made up of depths even the ocean couldn’t fathom |

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| she is made up of depths even the ocean couldn’t fathom |

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so throw off the bowlines. sail away from the safe harbor.


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.




~ Mark Twain

Lest We Forget ~ 100 Years of ANZAC


“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

~The Ode from ‘For the Fallen’

100 Years of ANZAC

(Australia and New Zealand Army Corps)

Post Card Perfect!


View of Brisbane City from Mt Cootha Lookout.

Stormy Weather



Living in Queensland means that there are many summer storms. We had a few rather interesting storms in late November this year.

These two photographs were taken on separate days and thankfully there wasn’t any hail or damage.

The daunting cloud formations show that we could be in for an exciting summer:)

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:)

Summer Colours


Bougainvillea Flowers

Adventures in Cambodia

Here are some of my adventures in Cambodia (for this post…just getting to Singapore)

The journey began one very early morning at Brisbane International airport and patiently waiting in great anticipation to board the plane and start the adventure. Walking though the airport I unexpectedly met a woman who I had studied with at college, while we studied different courses in the same college we graduated in the same year together. I had not seen her since then and it had been over a year and a half. She is a social worker going to India for three months to work with the poor in the slums and she hoped to move permanently in the future.


View from the plane.

We embarked on the first leg of our journey to Singapore and flew west across Australia. If you have never seen Australia it is a vast country and seeing the Australian landscape from above gives you are great perspective. It took a few hours to fly over Australia and the sights were a hot, barren land. There were some beautiful sights coming over the north-western parts of Western Australia with islands and inlets carving the beautiful edge of the Australian coast. Past the coast we flew passed Indonesia and saw mountain tops reaching through the clouds and billowing smoke erupting from a volcano. After seven hours I was finally tired of being on the plane and could not wait to get off, for it was only a short flight from Singapore to Phnom Penh and the anticipation of arriving was getting quite exciting.


The Storm we were about to fly into ..

Looking out of my window on the plane as we approached Singapore I noticed a large gathering of clouds and it looked like we were heading straight into the storm. The bright sunshine we had been enjoying on our trip began to darken as we flew straight into the middle of the clouds. Lightning flashed in the dark and rain began to hit plane as we began our descent. As we braced  for a rather turbulent landing and just seconds away from landing the plane accelerated abruptly, aborted the landing and took off. Aborted landing! That was certainly something I was not expecting. We circled around Singapore for another 45 minutes before landing safely. It was quite a scary experience but I was happy to land safely and be late than not land safely at all. As a result of the plan being late we were forced to miss our connecting flight to Phnom Penh and stayed the night in Singapore. My Cambodian adventures would have to start tomorrow….

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

Stand Firm

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

William Shakespeare


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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Majestic New Zealand


Just a few images of my recent trip to New Zealand.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands, Psalm 19:1

The Love of Dance

Graceful Ballerina - Nina Johnson 2011


The photograph above is a moment I captured during a ballet concert I attended in September, 2011.

There is something indescribably beautiful about ballet dancers who grace the stage and so effortlessly dance, almost as if they were flying to the sound of music. Not a word is said, but a story is told. It is a graceful method of storytelling. While they beauty is mesmerizing there is great strength and discipline involved in becoming a ballerina. This adds to the wonder of such dancing, the strength required to seem so graceful is great indeed. As the ballerina in the photograph is elegantly poised, she shows her strength and technique. It is a picture of elegance and grace.

 Ecclesiastes 3:4 ‘A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.’

Photograph taken by Nina Joan 2011

‘O God, Thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.’


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