Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

3 06 2013

Charles Darwin University, in the Northern Territory, is the home of the Confucious Institute on the Casuarina Campus in Darwin.  The Chinese Community of Darwin has also worked on a Chinese Garden on the university campus.  It has all the hallmarks of pattern and ‘no pattern’ in a chinese garden.  The elements are wonderful, random or repetitious, light and shadow,  curve and complement, soft and hard.  It was a lovely morning exploring and just sitting and letting the garden reveal itself to me.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says…

1 06 2013

Since moving a few thousand kilometres an into the Northern Territory of Australia, we’ve seen some new signs for unusual places and those alerting us to the company of wild creatures.  It’s quite interesting for a city kid… 🙂 Click on a picture for a bigger view and then scroll left or right through.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

8 05 2013

Last weekend we visited Litchfield National Park, just south of Darwin in the Northern Territory.  It was a glorious day and we found some beautiful places to stop and admire the view before venturing off to swim in a fresh rock pool at the foot of the falls.

Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park: Northern Territory.

Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park: Northern Territory.

 

These two pictures are from viewing platforms above Florence (above) and Tolmer Falls (below).  From that perspective, you can see the vast open spaces that stretch across the land.  Most of the park is inaccessible, even by 4WD, such is the ruggedness of the landscape.  It is amazing country and has a really peaceful vibe.  The rock faces hide and reveal things as the light changes and the trees whisper along with the constant shooooosh of the waterfalls.  It was lovely, calming, peaceful and refreshing.

Tolmer Falls in Litchfield National Park: Northern Territory.

Tolmer Falls in Litchfield National Park: Northern Territory.





Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

13 04 2013

After a Wet (monsoon) Season that has not been very wet, we’re now awaiting the change of seasons in the Northern Territory of Australia.  The Yolgnu indigenous people of East Arnhem Land recognise six distinct seasons in the “Top End” rather than the three seasons that us white fellas interpret  as The Wet, The Dry and The Build-up.  The Yolgnu live close to the land and know it intimately in a way we can only respect and struggle to understand.  To them, this period of ‘after-the-wet-and-not-quite-the-Dry” is known as the season of Mirdawarr when the winds change, floodwaters recede and the fish are plentiful.

I took an early morning drive out to East Point Reserve this week.  It is on the west coast near Darwin city.  After viewing the beautiful west coast sunset last month, I wanted to see the early morning, east light.  I wasn’t disappointed.  It was quiet and still, a warm gentle breeze made its way across the cliff face.  The delicate and cool east light crept towards the shore line.  And I was alone to enjoy it.

At the same time, the dragonflies were swarming.  Not just one or two, but swarms – dozens, possibly hundreds.  It was a spectacular and almost sacred sight.  They swarmed in and around me and a couple landed nearby on a woody shrub. These delicate creatures go through amazing changes in their lives from larvae to nymphs to intricate flying machines.  They tell us the Wet is over and the best is yet to come.   May it  be so.

Dragonfly dawn: the change of seasons in the Northern Territory.

Dragonfly dawn: the change of seasons in the Northern Territory.

For more on the Yolngu people, have a look at the videos made for, and by them at – 12 Canoes  It is a wake-up call to all Australians that this is a culture and heritage we have a responsibility to do whatever we can to help protect and preserve.  Catch up on the Weekly Photo Challenge by the Daily Post HERE.





Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour

8 04 2013

The Northern Territory of Australia is a vast slab of land.  As a rough guide it is twice the size of Texas, slightly bigger than South Africa and six times the size of the United Kingdom.  The landscape ranges from the arid Central desert region to the tropical “Top End”.  Since arriving in Darwin, the tropics have been in the monsoon season with more rain falling than I’ve seen in a lifetime.  With palm trees a-plenty, you can’t help but notice how lush, fresh and green everything is with the warm tropical rain.  Here is a collection of GREEN from my world.  Please note: none of these photos have been digitally enhanced or manipulated – they come straight from the camera, with a bit of cropping.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

23 03 2013

This week, we capture a moment in time. Something that holds the promise or portent of the future.  I was reminded of this photo I took when leaving Perth, prior to our move to the Northern Territory.  It’s a moment in time – so many things to look forward to, so many things being left behind.  I had no idea then what the future would hold.  I’m still not sure.  But that’s what risks are all about.

Good bye

Good bye

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Miksang revisited

12 03 2013

This week I thought I’d revisit the world of Miksang or “contemplative photography“.  Rather than offer a single shot, here is a showcase of my miksang images.  Each presents its own character, but in a block format it’s something quite different again.

For more on my approach to Miksang, check out my other posts here.








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