Nina Joan

Tag: sunrise

| and the new sun rose bringing the new year | 

 | and the new sun rose bringing the new year | 


love, and do what you like


‘Love, and do what you like’

~Saint Augustine

 It is capturing and remembering moments like these I absolutely love. There is peace all around as the day begins to dawn. Birds begin to sing and tell the world to awaken. A breeze glides through the grass around me, as I watch the sunlight break over the mountains. The light ignites the grass as if it were on fire, then the fields dances like flames in the sunlight.

After taking this photo, I paused and captured the almost indescribable beauty before me and wrote the memory upon my heart, soul and mind.

Nina Joan

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

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.

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




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

  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien


the observer of beauty


‘The observer of beauty always gets a passion to share that beauty with others.

You always talk about what you love’

~ Timothy Keller

Good Morning Light


Shorncliffe Jetty, Shorncliffe,


A Sunrise.

A glorious sunrise.



April 25 is a national public holiday in Australia. It is called ANZAC day.

This morning I attended a dawn service honouring the fallen soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Armed forces. Dawn services are held around the country to commemorate the same day our forces landed at Gallipoli during World War II. This day broadly represents all who have died serving our country not only in the World Wars but in other wars and peacekeeping missions.

My Grandfather served in World War II and days like today I miss him more. The scars of war were evident in my grandfather, he never once spoke of the war. Now that I am older, there are many questions that I would have asked him and would have thanked him for what he did for my country and my family.

It is important to honour the greatest sacrifice that men and women have given to our country.

‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’ John 15:13



“The wave is the signature of every experience of life. By understanding the nature of waves and their characteristics, and applying that understanding to our lives, we can navigate life with a little more grace.” Jeffrey R. Anderson

Live Free


Live free. We have a lot of pressure in our lives to be who ‘everyone’ else thinks we should be. Recently I took sunrise photographs with my three brothers. We do spend a lot of time together as we are friends and feel most comfortable with each other. While I was taking photographs my youngest brother (pictured) decided he would scare the seagulls always. He is 19 years old and I thought it was quite funny to watch someone feeling ‘free’. This photograph made me ponder and ask myself the question, do I live my free? Or am I bound by other people’s expectations? Perhaps it is a good reminder to live our lives free (and chase those seagulls away).




‘There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope’ ~ Bern Williams



Morning shots are great the only downside is how early you have to get up. I decided to take photographs in Caloundra (which is about an hours drive from where I live) so I had to leave home at 4:15am. It’s a good thing I got some good shots;)

Hope you enjoy,
Nina Joan

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