Green Surrender

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

Green Surrender
The stunning beauty of Gwongurai waterfall in Lamington National Park, Australia

Nature's Magic

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick”

~ J. R. R. Tolkien ~

Nature's Magic
Water cascades over mossy rocks down Toolona Creek in the beautiful rainforest of Lamington National Park, Australia

Elven Grotto

“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it”

~ Roald Dahl ~

Elven Grotto
Glow worms light up the cave at Natural Bridge, Springbrook, Australia

Gold Coast Sunrise

“I'd far rather be happy than right any day”

~  Douglas Adams ~

Gold Coast Sunrise
The first light of day sets the buildings of the Gold Coast, Australia to glow

Inner Strength

“Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because
he seeks in himself the courage of other persons”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Inner Strength
A wild ocean at Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Australia

Endurance

“Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

Endurance
Rainbow Falls on a misty day at Springbrook, Gold Coast, Australia

Grace

“Grace is saying yes to life just as it is”

~ Lisa Frost ~

Grace
A fallen log straddles a small stream in Springbrook, Australia

?On a lovely walk to a large waterfall I spotted this wonderful log crossing a small cascade up in the rainforest off the path. It was a lovely spot and the soft light was perfect for the scene. This ended up being my favourite photograph from the day, and is amongst my favourite photos from the past year - a good example of how sometimes the quieter shots can end up superseding the grand!

Flow of Compassion

“Love is sometimes shown in the things you don't say,
don't keep track of and don't notice”

~ Neale Donald Walsch ~

Flow of Compassion
The beautiful green waters of Cougal Cascades in Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast, Australia

Inner Light

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall”

~ Nelson Mandela ~

Inner Light
Light enters a little fern grove in the bush on the Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia

Equanimity

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Equanimity
A misty morning at Goomburra in Main Range National Park, Australia

After a couple of windy and chilling days we woke on our last morning camping at Goomburra to stillness and mist. I love the feeling mist gives to a forest and the way everything becomes so muted and peaceful.

The Way

“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

The Way
The beautiful flow of Poondahra Falls in Springbrook National Park, Gold Coast, Australia

It was a very hot day in summer and we'd finally got a decent amount of rainfall, so I thought I'd head up to Springbrook National Park to check out a waterfall I'd been meaning to go see for some time. After a bit of a scramble at the end I made it to the base of the falls and a lovely little oasis on a hot day (though even by the water it was still pretty warm!)

Love The Journey

“While it's great to have a purpose from which you do not stray,
more important by far it is to love your journey along the way”

~ Lisa Frost ~

Love The Journey
A peaceful sunrise at Loch Fyne, Inveraray, Scotland

It was towards the end of our 3 weeks in Scotland that we found ourselves in Inveraray. For the entire trip I'd been waking up without an alarm well before sunrise, and for the entire trip there wasn't a hint of sunrise colour to be found. For some reason though on our first night in Inveraray I slept like a log and awoke just before sunrise. Peaking through the curtains I was greeted with the sky ablaze in pinks and reds and oranges. I grabbed my camera and took a few photos out the window as I knew by the time I got dressed and outside the colour would be gone.

I kicked myself for a missed opportunity, but the next morning made sure I was at the edge of the loch before dawn. It was a calm and peaceful morning as I wandered the shore alone searching for my composition, and as the light increased the sky took on pastel hues.

It wasn't the bold and extravagant sunrise of the day before, but the colours actually felt much more fitting for the location, and the final image really seems to imbue the feelings of deep peace I experienced whilst taking it. This photograph has been a good reminder for me that sometimes things not turning out the way you'd hoped can actually be for the best.

Embrace

“Love and do what you will”

~ St Augustine ~

Embrace
A pair of Scots Pines watch over Loch Tulla, Rannoch Moor, Scotland

Wisdom

“Easier and better are not synonymous”

~ Lisa Frost ~

Wisdom
A pair of the Three Sisters looking down on the River Coe, Glencoe, Scotland

Happiness

“The trick to life is being happy with what you have”

~ Lisa Frost ~

Happiness
Snowfall on Sron na Creise, Glen Etive, Scotland