Category Archives: Travel
I love being spontaenous with my camera. These photos were taken at my friend Jen’s beautiful home near Mount Beauty, while Sophia was outside playing with her daughter. We’d just arrived back from a wonderful day in Bright, and the sun was going down. At the last minute, I grabbed my camera, and snapped a few very quick shots. And I adore them. They are so very ‘Sophia’ – the everyday Sophia that I see, the one in my mind when she’s not here, the one in my heart that fills it to bursting. No styling, no planning, just being.
I was playing this song today (Sun and Moon, Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr.) as I finished my editing ~
You are sunlight and I moon
Joined by the gods of fortune
Midnight and high noon
Sharing the sky
We have been blessed, you and I.
And we have been.
Last weekend we took a drive to the country to visit a dear friend of mine. We only get to visit once a year which makes it all the more special, and the drive is beautiful! We spent a little time visiting nearby towns, trying out various bakery lunches (a must!), exploring antique shops (which I absolutely love), and indulging in lots of homemade cake and fudge (more salted caramel, please). The signs of autumn were everywhere, much more so than in the city. And as we drove past the long golden grasses and bushland, I couldn’t help but stop to take some photos. M x
I very rarely share photos of myself here. But I’ve received so many lovely compliments on this one from friends who have seen it, that I thought it worth sharing with you all. It had been such a long time since I’d had a good photo taken of my daughter and I, that I was determined to have one while we were away on our holiday. One beautiful evening in Koh Samui, I carefully set up my camera for my husband, and everything came together wonderfully, including a very cooperative three year old! I’m so thrilled with this shot, and it makes my heart happy to have it. I don’t want to look back on all our family photos to find I’m missing from them – and it’s so easily done when I’m always the one behind the camera. I’m going to make much more of an effort to do this in future.
So here we are, my Sophia and me.
And it was. I’m sure that Koh Samui is as close to heaven as I’ve ever physically been. Each day was more than wonderful. Perfect tropical weather, sunshine, sand like golden powder, and the clearest water to paddle my feet in during long morning beach walks. I watched Sophia’s joy as she splashed about in the pool, with the company of my husband and the sun on my back. I felt so grounded and so myself, while my spirit flew high into the sky. An amazing feeling, being in such a beautiful place with the people I love most on earth. It was our third visit, and certainly won’t be our last. These photos of my lovely Miss Sophia embody the feeling I know we all had.
Freedom. And happiness.
In summer I can taste the salt in the sea
There’s a kite blowing out of control on a breeze
I wonder what’s gonna happen to you
You wonder what has happened to me. M x
Far away from home. but not too far. new friends. great friends. sun shining. on my back. like an embrace that whispers, stay. and we walk. and wander. admire and wonder. we talk about everything and anything. driving down roads we don’t know. to another new place. and it’s beautiful. sand between my toes and in my shoes. wind in my hair as I watch the waves. tossing and smashing. hello and goodbye. people like sprinkles of colour. praying to light. rainbows of blue and gold. seagulls in the sky. and then the sun moves away. and we go. home. M x
I spent a beautiful weekend in Byron Bay with some fellow photographers I’m very fortunate to know. We wandered around the streets and popped in and out of shops as we passed them by. And I couldn’t help but take a photo of this fabulous counter sign. Simply, hello. Hello everyone, hello explorer, hello world, hello gorgeous! One word, almost 200 years old. The start of great loves. And great friends. M x
During our visit to see my talented photographer friend Jen last week, we took a drive to some beautiful spots hoping to capture a little piece of nature, coming into bloom for spring. The blossoms were just beginning, and the wattle glowed in the sun. It was wonderful to wander the country roads, admiring the view and appreciating each other’s company. Jen is also the owner of Elevation Mt Beauty, where we stayed, which has the most spectacular outlook to Mt Bogong. I envy Jen such a postcard perfect scene, right outside her door every day. It was a joy to be there and it felt just like home. I hope we’ll be back soon. M x
While we were away earlier this week, we took the time to visit some country towns. I love looking in antique stores full of treasures waiting to be discovered, wandering the old streets, eating home cooked pastries, and feeling like a part of history. We admired the beautiful countryside along the way and enjoyed the kind of peace only the country can bring. I wish we could visit a little more often. M x