Picture of the Month

Sept 20


Let’s go.
We can’t.
Why not?
We’re waiting for Godot.

Ah! You’re sure it was here?
That we were to wait.
He said by the tree.

-Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot


Aug 20


 “There is nothing more musical than a sunset.”

Claude Debussy

Bondi beach, Sydney, Australia


Jul 20


A glimpse of heaven from underwater


Jun 20


The story of a bird and a fur seal


May 20


“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”

– Oscar Wilde

Sydney, Australia


Apr 20


Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me,
“How good, how good does it feel to be free?”
And I answer them most mysteriously,
“Are birds free from the chains of the skyway?”

– Bob Dylan, Ballad in Plain D


Mar 20


manipulating reality


Templetown Church ruins,
County Wesford, Ireland


Feb 20


Singing to an ocean, I can hear the ocean’s roar
Play for free, I play for me and play a whole lot more, more!

– Led Zeppelin, The Ocean

A man playing the guitar on the edge of a cliff


Jan 20

“To be is to be perceived.”

– George Berkeley


Dec 19


Real equality


St Peter’s Church in Woolton,
Liverpool, UK


Nov 19


Sunrise, sunrise
Looks like mornin’ in your eyes

– Norah Jones, Sunrise

Sydney, Australia


Oct 19


“…and then, I have nature and art and poetry,
and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

– Vincent Van Gogh

E.C. Manning Provincial Park, Canada


Sept 19


In the pines, in the pines
where the sun don’t ever shine…


Aug 19


“Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.”

– Alice Walker, The Color Purple



July 19


Liverpool, UK


May 19

… gain the whole world
but lose your soul…


“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

– Mark 8:36 (KJV)

Burragorang, NSW, Australia


Apr 19


Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born

– Joni Mitchell, Little Green



Mar 19


“No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.”

– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens Statue in Centennial Park
Sydney, Australia


Feb 19


The ending is always a surprise.”

– Daniel Wallace, Big Fish

Berlin, Germany


Jan 19


Like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free…

– Leonard Cohen, Bird on the Wire


Dec 18


“Land really is the best art”

– Andy Warhol


Nov 18


Life is a domino effect.


Oct 18


“All the world’s a stage…”

– William Shakespeare


Sept 18

parallel lines_small

We are like parallel lines.
We have a lot in common.
We are so close, but we can never meet.
Never be together…

…a sad love story from mathematics.

The Anzac Bridge, Sydney


Aug 18

standbyme - pic

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we see

Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand


Jul 18


“Life is both sad and solemn.
We are led into a wonderful world,
we meet one another here, greet each other,
– and wander together for a brief moment.
Then we lose each other and disappear as suddenly and unreasonably as we arrived.”

– Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World

Maastricht, the Netherlands


Jun 18


Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you

Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia


May 18


“I am obsessed with beauty.
I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn’t.
And that’s a tough place to be because you’re never satisfied.”

– Robert Mapplethorpe

Inspired by Mapplethorpe’s flower studies
and his characteristic attention to light and shade,
I created this picture.


Apr 18


“Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye…
it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”

– Edvard Munch

Lake Matheson, New Zealand


Mar 18


Who are you waiting for?

The Rocks in Sydney, Australia


Feb 18


“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough.
You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it.
It is enough.

– Toni Morrison, Tar Baby

South Island, New Zealand


Jan 18


“The human faculties of perception, judgment, discriminative feeling, mental activity, and even moral preference, are exercised only in making a choice. He who does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice. He gains no practice either in discerning or in desiring what is best…He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation.
He who chooses his plan for himself, employs all his faculties.”

– John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

The artwork in photo: Stephen Marr, Under One Sky,
at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017


Dec 17


Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.

Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia


Nov 17


“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces,
I would still plant my apple tree.”

Martin Luther

looking up from under The Luther Oak,
the location where Martin Luther burned the Papal Bull of
Excommunication in front of the Elster Gate in 1520.
Wittenberg , Germany


Oct 17


“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

– Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia


Sept 17


“What is my life worth even if I remain alive?
Whom to return to in my old home town of Warsaw?
For what and for whom do I carry on this whole pursuit of life,
enduring, holding out – for what?!”

– Herman Kruks (1897-1944), diary entry, 30 September 1942,
written with the news of mass murders in occupied Poland hanging over him.
Kruk was the chronicier of the Vilna Ghetto (now Vilnius, Lithuania).
He was murdered in a German concentration camp in Estonia on 18 September 1944.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin, Germany


Aug 17


“I dream a dream that dreams back at me.

– Toni Morrison, A Mercy

Overlooking the Rhine
Kaiserpfalz Kaiserswerth, Germany


Jul 17


“There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.”

– Edouard Manet

a fragment of a painting by Edouard Manet (1832-1883)
Die Barke (Monet Peignant dans son atelier) 1874
Monet Painting On His Studio Boat 1874
at Neue Pinakothek – Munich, Germany


Jun 17


“No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes.
The cat is the best anarchist.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Okinawa, Japan


Apr 17


“He has made everything beautiful in its time…”

– Ecclesiastes 3:11

Cherry blossoms along the bank of Tama River in Tokyo, Japan


Feb 17


You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one

The Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic


Jan 17


“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech…Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

– Genesis 11:1,4,6-7

The view from the 148th floor of The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE


Nov 16


In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

– Aristotle

Lahbab Desert, Dubai, UAE


Aug 16


For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.

– Claude Monet

Maasai Mara, Kenya


Jul 16


Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.

– C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Maasai Mara, Kenya


Apr 16


And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.

Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia


Sept 15

InukshukShow me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

– Psalm 25:4-5

English Bay Inukshuk on the Sea Wall, Vancouver, B.C., Canada


Aug 15


“I life up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help com from?”

Psalm 121: 1

Obertauern, Austria


Jun 15


“Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows
when the ocean can be so cruel?
She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel…”

– Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea


Apr 15

Mother duck and her ten children



Mar 15

Two women


Maastricht, the Netherlands


Feb 15

“A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.

The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.


…and there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes  1:4, 5, 9b

Tanyuan Garden in Nanxiang –  Shanghai, China


Jan 15


A silent sea of clouds, so peaceful and so calm, underneath it is a colourful world.

Photo taken from a plane window


Dec 14

all-swans-are-white-(with background)

photo taken at:  white swans: River Thames, Windsor, England

black swan: Avon river, Christchurch, New Zealand


Nov 14

symmetry_aristotle“The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness…”

– Aristotle

the Basilica of Saint Servatius in Maastricht, the Netherlands


Oct 14


“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”

– C.S. Lewis

Obersalzberg in Berchtesgaden, Germany


Aug 14

All the world’s a stage


William Shakespeare

                                                                                       Phillip Island, VIC, Australia


Jul 14

Dancing in the sea



Jun 14

Just as darkness is the absence of light, __________________.


__________________, evil is the absence of God.

Albert Einstein


May 14

Pondering the possibility of a parallel world



Apr 14

Seeking the Tree of Life



Mar 14

A little bit of peace in a busy worldboats

Tai Mei Tuk, Hong Kong


Feb 14


Maroubra Beach, NSW, Australia


Jan 14

Silence is golden


Tallowa Dam, Kangaroo Valley, Australia


Dec 13

Straight path


AND He will make your path straight.

Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia


Nov 13

The coming storm

the coming storm


Oct 13

Sydney Harbour



Sept 13

The Outback



Aug 13

Art Gallery NSW


Jul 13

Art Gallery NSW

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