Weekly Photography Challenge: Landscape

Landscape seems like a really simple subject – almost anyone would know immediately what “landscape” means. However, almost any photographer has probably got a lot to choose from, maybe thousands of images of many kinds of landscape, so choosing what to share is a problem once again!march 2011 041 (Large)

Just south of where I live, there is a view of the ancient Grampians (Gariwerd) Range in Western Victoria. On the evening on which I took this photo, the mountains were almost obscured by smoke from farmers burning stubble (a practice that has surely had it’s day).march 2012 100 (Large)

The tourist village of Hall’s Gap huddles between the ranges with their rock-piled peaks. The landscape in there is wild yet intimate, no less spectacular for the constriction of space.DSCF5112 (Large)

We like to visit this spot for it’s view of the Grampians (which are invisible from our house). The mound of earth is man-made and a challenge to scramble to the top, but well worth the effort.IMG_1278 (Large)

North of the Gramps, the landscape becomes very flat, with vast paddocks sown to crops such as this canola field. A blooming field of acid-yellow flowers is irresistible to a person with a camera, which is why we stopped on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere for me to take pictures!sept 2011 1246 (Large)

And now for something completely different, as they used to say on Monty Python – a riverine landscape with a lot of built elements, taken from a bridge over the Hoquaim River in Washington State several years ago.sept 2011 680 (Large)

On the same trip, we went to Johnson’s Ridge to see Mt St Helens, which even after she blew her top off is much, much higher than our Grampians, and the whole landscape up there is on a vast scale. I hope we get back there again before we a too old and creaky to explore some of the trails we didn’t have time for last trip!

Change III + IV

After the fire and the rain, comes new growth.

After the fire and the rain, comes new growth.


Change is inevitable and unstoppable, like a puffball through pavement, like the process of birth, so why is change so hard? Because we resist it, because we like what we’re used to and don’t want to get used to something else. But we must.And we do. Resistance, as they say, is useless.

After the fire, the trees are black and ashy, but soon enough, fresh shoots appear up and down the trunks, bright and green.

After the fire, the trees are black and ashy, but soon enough, fresh shoots appear up and down the trunks, bright and green.


The only person you can change is yourself. When you make the effort to change (and it is an effort), then those around you have the opportunity to change with you. They may choose not to, and they may send you urgent change back!” messages, because they don’t like change. Especially in someone as familiar and predictable as you have been up to now.


If you are lucky, however, your nearest and dearest may rise to the challenge, choose to change along with you, and so set off on a new journey into an ever-changing landscape.

Gramps panorama

Anxiety is tough, and we prefer to avoid it.Excitement is something we seek. Both are brought on in response to the new and unfamiliar. So, what’e the difference? Assuming there is no actual danger to justify anxiety, maybe the only difference is how we name the experience to ourselves?

If we are in the habit of making a certain choice, then we don’t even know we’ve made one. It just seems to happen.

Step back from that habitual impulse however, and the flood of cortisol subsides rapidly ( 90 seconds ), allowing you to choose your new response. (I learned this from reading  ‘My Stroke of Insight – a brain scientists personal journey’,by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. She experienced a massive bleed in the left side of her brain, when she was in her thirties, and not only lived, but has written in great detail about the event and it’s aftermath.)Agave stems