Contemplative Photography 08

29 04 2012

See my previous posts on my Contemplative Photography page

Miksang – The Art of Contemplative Photography
Miksang is an art form centred on Contemplative Photography. Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as “Good Eye” and is based on the Shambala and Dharma art teaching of the late meditation master, artist and scholoar Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.According to the Miksang Institute for Contemplative Photography, miksang “is (at its most basic level) photography concerned with uncovering the truth of pure perception. We see something vivid and penetrating, and in that moment we can express our perception without making anything up – nothing added, nothing missing. Totally honest about what we see – straight shooting.

My weekly Monday Miksang Offering to you:
There are no nouns in the physical world. There are no separate things in physical world, either. The physical world is wiggly. Clouds, mountains, trees, people, are all wiggly. And only when human beings get to working on things – they build buildings in straight lines and try to make out that the world isn’t really wiggly. But here we are, sitting in this room all built out of straight lines, but each one of us is as wiggly as all get-out.” – Alan Watts – The Nature of Consciousness

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

28 04 2012

Quilt: pieces sewn together in the traditional Ngati Porou design.

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is TOGETHER and these shots represent togetherness to me. Each small piece of fabric has been assembled together to make the final quilt. I made this as a gift for a Maori baby who is from the Ngati Porou Tribe, from the North Island of New Zealand.

The tribe takes its name from their ancestor Porourangi, whose descendants produced great warriors. Their conquests in battle forged a mighty tribe, along with the strong and strategic marriage alliances. I designed this piece based on the traditional design of the ‘whakapapa’ or genealogy. It depicts the family tree of descendants all tracing back to the head. It was an absolute delight to create and give away. I can’t wait to make another.





11 Things about me…

26 04 2012

My favourite clothing item.

I’ve been challenged to reveal 11 Things by my good friend Cee Neuner, over at Cee’s Life Photography Blog.  She’s tagged me and asked me to play along, so here we go. The questions she posed are:

1. Where do you want to retire?
That’s easy.  I’d retire to Albany, on the South Coast of Western Australia.  It is a beautiful place with history, ocean, bays, forest, rivers and fresh air.  Ideally I’d have some land where I would live in a passive solar designed house made from straw bales, grow my own veges and live as self-sufficiently as I could including powering my electricity needs by wind turbines.  I’d have a studio where I’d write and paint which looked towards the Stirling Ranges and I’d plant the land based on permaculture principles to provide habitat and sanctuary for wild animals and birds.

2. Which country/city in the world (that you have never been to) would you most like to visit and why?
Well, I’ve already mapped out the plan for when my Long Service Leave is due. I’ll buy a Round the World Ticket and visit the following:  Fly Perth to Munich then overland to Berlin (always wanted to see it).  Overland again via Paris to London and north to Yorkshire to see my Fairy Godmother.  Manchester to New York and on to LAX then overland to Oregon to see Chris and Cee.  Leave LAX again to Auckland, NZ, then home to Perth via Sydney.  Quite a trip – all with one ‘carry on’ bag.  Hmm, better stock up on memory cards for the camera LOL.

3. If you could give $100,000 to one charity, what would it be?
I would donate it to Assistance Dogs Australia – they train Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people who have physical disabilities.  There are  Companion Dogs (at home) or a Service Dogs (out in public on transport etc).  They also provide “Facility Dogs” which are trained to support residents in nursing homes and hospices.  I know how much difference a dog makes in my life, as a companion and friend, yet these dogs help lead and guide people with physical tasks through their everyday life.

4. What is your favourite item of clothing and why?
My patent red Dr Marten boots (top).  Because they make me feel like me, with the added bonus that so many people disapprove of them (or me wearing them) – poor uptight souls. LOL.

5.  Do you take the shampoos and other sundries from your hotel room when it is time to check out?  No.

6.  What made you smile today?
A photo of my niece who has just lost her first tooth.  The Tooth Fairy is going to visit tonight and I suspect she will start wiggling more teeth.

7. For your computer – Mac or PC? Mac for sure.

La Trobe Reading Room, State Library of Victoria: Melbourne.

8. Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)
I like a mix of both.  Last year we visited Melbourne to see the touring Tutankhamun Exhibition and we planned several things around our ticketed entry times.  We visited the museum and the Melbourne Cricket Ground including a tour of the players’ rooms and the National Sports Museum (brilliant!!).  We also did some things on the spur of the moment and discovered some fantastic treasures of the city, especially the galleries on each floor of the State Library and the La Trobe Reading Room (above).

9.  What is your favourite comfort food?
Melted cheese on toast or porridge.

10.  Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
No.  I only push it once and only if I really have to (when no one else is around) and I try to push the germ smothered button with my key or my elbow.

11. What chore do you absolutely hate doing and you can’t say clean the bathroom or any part of it?
Ironing.  Absolutely.  I take mine to an ironing shop nowadays and buy linen shirts with gay abandon.  🙂

Thanks Cee!





Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2012

25 04 2012

WWII - Service Medals, Pacific Star and RAAF Pay book

ANZAC Day (25 April) marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The soldiers in these forces quickly became known as ANZACs  and the pride they took in the name endures to this day.

Today we recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance for all those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions. We too remember the sacrifices of their families who supported them through such difficult times.

ANZAC - Desert Mounted Corps Memorial. Albany, Western Australia

The Desert Mounted Corps and the rest of the first detachment of the Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Expeditionary Force became known as the ANZACS and left Albany in a convoy of ships in November 1914 to join World War I. This memorial is a copy returned to Australia from Egypt and erected on Mt Clarence, overlooking King George Sound.

Across King George Sound and Princess Harbour, Albany.

As dawn rose over Albany on 1 November 1914, thirty eight ships of the fleet with thirty thousand troops and 7500 horses were aboard, waiting to sail into history, through the islands and on to an ‘adventure’ on the other side of the world. This would be their last view of Australia, and the final view for those who did not return.

Old Fort Building: Albany, Western Australia.

We will remember them:

Second Boer War | World War I | World War II | Korean War | Malayan Emergency | Indonesian Confrontation | Vietnam War | War in Somalia | East Timor | Solomon Islands | War in Afghanistan | Iraq War |

Some fellow bloggers have also posted ANZAC tributes:

Lest we forget





Contemplative Photography 07

23 04 2012

See my previous posts on my Contemplative Photography page

Contemplative Photography
Miksang is an art form centred on Contemplative Photography. Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as “Good Eye” and is based on the Shambala and Dharma art teaching of the late meditation master, artist and scholoar Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.According to the Miksang Institute for Contemplative Photography, miksang “is (at its most basic level) photography concerned with uncovering the truth of pure perception. We see something vivid and penetrating, and in that moment we can express our perception without making anything up – nothing added, nothing missing. Totally honest about what we see – straight shooting.

My weekly Monday Miksang Offering to you:

Our task is to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures, the whole of nature and its beauty” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

22 04 2012

Quinns Beach, Western Australia

This week’s theme is SUN and we have plenty of it in Western Australia. I tell my Northern Hemisphere friends that our sun really IS a big ball of fire in the sky. It is bright, glary, harsh and biting at times. Here are a couple of shots I found that weren’t thrown away!!

Sunset over Perth, Western Australia.

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I’d rather be with you

18 04 2012

Swan River, East Perth: Western Australia.

I’d rather be lunching with you my love
than being stuck at my desk today.
Let’s go down to the river and lay on the grass
do you think you could get away?

Or how ’bout a quiet seat in the shade
with some cake on a little tea tray?
With fine china cups and flowery plates
we’d be like the Queen for a day.

Remember the time we hired a boat
and headed out over the bay?
Maybe we’ll go again one day my love,
if only I could get away.

Instead I’m sat here in my cubicle world
I won’t see you ’til later today
Maybe we’ll plot our escape from this trap
I don’t like to live life this way.

x x x








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