Nina Joan

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Fading light..

Farewell to another day.

Post Card Perfect!


View of Brisbane City from Mt Cootha Lookout.

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:)

Under the Jacaranda Trees


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

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

Jungle of rooftops


The jungle of never ending rooftops in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Getting Lost


Second hand bookstores are so lovely to get lost in! It may the the antique smell of old books or the fact that they are so nice to photograph:)

Hope you all have a great day.



If you didn’t already know…I absolutely love my country. It is indescribably beautiful.
This is a shot of the ‘outback’ of Australia, where the fields of grass are far and wide, blue skies sore gloriously above and the iconic sight of the gumtrees mark the landscape. It is truly Australian.

Hope you have a great day!

By the Lake


Storm King Dam, Stanthorpe, Queensland



Caught tonight’s sunset on my way home work. A glorious display of colour!

Southbank Parklands


The beautiful blossoms of bougainvillea covering the arbour at Southbank Parklands. The Arbour creates a colourful canopy to walk under and spans for a kilometre through cafes, shops and parks of Southbank. The designer created the arbour several years ago (most people thought the design was terrible) years later the Brisbane people saw the result of someone’s dream. It took several years for the vine to grow to its present beauty and it was certainly worth the wait.



Gallery of Modern Art.
A stunning display of architecture at the art gallery in Brisbane.



It was a lovely autumn day in Brisbane today. I explored some new places;)
More photos to share soon!

Sunshine & Shadows


‘Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you’
Walt Whitman


Glass House Mountains, Queensland

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