Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

8 01 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

The Moongate is a circular opening in a garden wall and is a significant structure in a Chinese Garden.  This Moongate is part of the Chinese Garden at the Charles Darwin University in Darwin, the Northern Territory of Australia.


It’s great timing to start the New Year with a circle.  Chinese gardens were designed as sacred spaces where people could retreat, block out the daily grind and turn back to nature.  Spending time in nature is always a way I find my way back to me.  By stepping through a circle to enter, it reminds us of the circular nature of the universe, each thing and each one of us starting and ending, entering and leaving, leaving and returning and “coming full circle” through the circle of life.  Blessings to you for the year ahead.


Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

5 06 2013

Mindil Sunset Markets are a drawcard for visitors and residents across Darwin in the Northern Territory.  A vibrant  food market gathers under the coconut palms along the foreshore late on a Sunday afternoon during “The Dry” season.  People come for the atmosphere, a stroll through the crowd on a balmy evening, some fantastic food from a hawker’s stall and to watch the sun set over Mindil Beach.  Some have made it a tradition to meet, eat and sit for a while.  It’s a lovely spot and the beach is always busy with people enjoy the warm night.  We ventured down to the markets a few weeks ago and I love this photo I took of me snapping my friends snapping the sunset, in the background.

Mindil Beach Sunset; Darwin, NT.

Mindil Beach Sunset; Darwin, NT.

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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: My Neighbourhood

9 03 2013

We recently moved to Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia.  It’s pretty isolated and has as population of only about 120, 000.  Here are a few shots from my usual day.  A journey in to work is relatively easy as the traffic “jam” here is like a quiet Sunday drive in my former city.  The weather is overcast at present – it is the monsoon season so it is very humid with afternoon rain storms that dump rain and relieve the sticky heat.

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