Picture of the Month

May 19

… gain the whole world
but lose your soul…

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“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

green_plains

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

– Joni Mitchell, Little Green

Kenya

Mar 19

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“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

onepathtrees

The ending is always a surprise.”

– Daniel Wallace, Big Fish

Berlin, Germany

Jan 19

birdonthewire

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

landisthebestart

Land really is the best art.

– Andy Warhol

Nov 18

lifeisadominoeffect

Life is a domino effect.

Oct 18

lifeisadrama

All the world’s a stage…

– William Shakespeare

Sept 18

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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

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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

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“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

waiting_for_you

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

Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia

May 18

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“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

lake_soul

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

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Who are you waiting for?

The Rocks in Sydney, Australia

Feb 18

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“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

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“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

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Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.

Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia

Nov 17

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“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

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“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

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“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

dream-a-dream

“I dream a dream that dreams back at me.

– Toni Morrison, A Mercy

Overlooking the Rhine
Kaiserpfalz Kaiserswerth, Germany

Jul 17

manet_monet

“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

cat_on_street

“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

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He has made everything beautiful in its time…

– Ecclesiastes 3:11

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

Feb 17

lennon_wall

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

The Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic

Jan 17

babel_dubai

“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

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

– Aristotle

Lahbab Desert, Dubai, UAE

Aug 16

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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

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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

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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

mountain

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

Psalm 121: 1

Obertauern, Austria

Jun 15

ocean_cruel_beautiful

“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

ducks

Mar 15

Two women

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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.

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…and there is nothing new under the sun.”   – Ecclesiastes  1:4, 5, 9b

Tanyuan Garden in Nanxiang –  Shanghai, China

Jan 15

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

Photo taken from a plane window

Dec 14

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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

return_trip

“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

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                                                                                                      William Shakespeare

                                                                                       Phillip Island, VIC, Australia

Jul 14

Dancing in the sea

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Jun 14

Just as darkness is the absence of light, __________________.

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__________________, evil is the absence of God.

Albert Einstein

May 14

Pondering the possibility of a parallel world

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Apr 14

Seeking the Tree of Life

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Mar 14

A little bit of peace in a busy worldboats

Tai Mei Tuk, Hong Kong

Feb 14

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Photo taken at Maroubra Beach, NSW, Australia

Jan 14

Silence is golden

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Tallowa Dam, Kangaroo Valley, Australia

Dec 13

Straight path

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

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Sept 13

The Outback

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Aug 13

Art Gallery NSW
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Jul 13

Art Gallery NSW
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