Picture of the Month

May 23


Oh, the time will come upWhen the winds will stopAnd the breeze will cease to be breathin’Like the stillness in the windBefore the hurricane beginsThe hour that the ship comes in

– Bob Dylan, When the Ship Comes In

Apr 23


Ground control to Major TomGround control to Major Tom…

– David Bowie, Space Oddity

Mar 23


We are all in the gutter,
but some of us are looking at the stars.

– Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

Muckross Abbey, Kerry, Ireland

Feb 23


Then she gave one last burst of music.
The white Moon heard it, and she forgot the dawn,
and lingered on in the sky.
The red rose heard it, and it trembled all over with ecstasy,
and opened its petals to the cold morning air.
Echo bore it to her purple cavern in the hills,
and woke the sleeping shepherds from their dreams.
It floated through the reeds of the river,
and they carried its message to the sea.

– Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and the Rose

Jan 23


There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.

– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol 

Dec 22

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All good things are wild and free.

– Henry David Thoreau, Walking

Nov 22

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Blue daysAll of them goneNothing but blue skiesFrom now on

– Ella Fitzgerald / Irving Berlin, Blue Skies

sky, clouds and sea

Oct 22


Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning,
and unallied with definite form,
can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.

– Oscar Wilde, Intentions

Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia

Aug 22

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except change.

– Heraclitus of Ephesus

Jul 22

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I can see
My rainbow calling me
Through the misty breeze
Of my waterfall

– Jimi Hendrix, May This Be Love (aka. Waterfall)

Brisbane Water National Park, NSW, Australia

Jun 22

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Life is like an unsolved Rubik’s cube.

Maroubra Beach, NSW, Australia

May 22

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But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

– The Beatles, The Fool On the Hill

Sunset on the Rhine River

Mar 22

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I’ll be your mirror
Reflect what you are, in case you don’t know
I’ll be the wind, the rain and the sunset
The light on your door to show that you’re home

– The Velvet Underground & Nico, I’ll Be Your Mirror

The Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Feb 22


His soul swooned slowly
as he heard the snow falling faintly
through the universe and faintly falling,
like the descent of their last end,
upon all the living and the dead.

– James Joyce, ‘The Dead’ from Dubliners

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Nov 21


“Bring me the two most precious things in the city,”
said God to one of His Angels;
and the Angel brought Him the leaden heart and the dead bird.

– Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince

Oct 21

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small.
We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.

– Georgia O’Keeffe

Sept 21


Who said

You’ll never find your gold on a sandy beach?

Jun 21

The sky is on fire
And I must go…

The sky’s changing color
And I must leave fast…

– Bob Dylan / Joan Baez, Farewell Angelina

Apr 21

The blue ocean is sometimes green.

Mar 21


Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain?
They circle all around it; sometimes you can’t even see the mountain for the clouds.
But you know what? You go up top and what do you see? His head.
The clouds never cover the head.
His head pokes through, because the clouds let him; they don’t wrap him up.
They let him keep his head up high, free, with nothing to hide him or bind him.

– Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

Mount Robson, BC, Canada

Dec 20

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performing her last dance
before descending into the bottomless ocean…

Nov 20


An imitation of an imitation

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

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


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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

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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


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, BC, 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

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

black swan: Avon river, Christchurch, New Zealand

Nov 14

symmetry_aristotleThe 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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