To Australia, With Love


“The people are immensely likable— cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted, and unfailingly obliging. Their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water. They have a society that is prosperous, well ordered, and instinctively egalitarian. The food is excellent. The beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life doesn’t get much better than this.”

~ Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country

 

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Joey Wakes Up

 

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Great Ocean Road

 

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Beach Day

 

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A Cockatoo Will Do

 

“May as well be here, we are as where we are.”

~ Aboriginal Saying

 

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The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

 

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Blue Hour, Sydney

 

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The Wave

 

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Happy Aussie

 

Hello Lorikeet

 

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The Remarkables

 

“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”

~Aboriginal Saying

 

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Koala Love

 

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Sunrise, Byron Bay

 

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The Razorback

 

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Sad Seal

 

Wishing my Australian friends more rain and a fast recovery from the worst bushfires in history. 

 

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112 comments

  1. Very interesting, good job and thanks for sharing such a good blog. AMAZING PICTURES…

  2. Wow, amazing landscapes and vignettes Jane, outstanding post!

  3. I’m trying to catch up with you – this is a beautiful post, and once again you’ve given your talents in recognition of something important and immediate – although at the time of my comment, just a week after you posted this, Australia is already falling off the world news radar. But I’m sure they are still suffering and working hard to deal with the fires. These images are all so terrific – The Remarkables caught my eye because I didn’t know about that place – wow! And the Cockatoo, because I’m a big bird lover. But each photograph is striking. Let’s hope all that these images represent isn’t lost and the places that have burned will bounce back.

  4. Wow I fell in love with your photographs! I went to Australia two years ago and many great memories are coming up looking at these pictures!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Sophie

  5. The way you capture images is amazing. I love the different perspective on “Beach Day”.

  6. Beautiful series, Jane. 🙂

  7. Beautiful country – wonderful tribute

  8. A stunning and moving post Jane. Well done. 🙂

  9. This is a “happy seal” after seeing this great gallery. Brings back many happy memories of our Australian travels some years when we visited the same wonderful sites. The Great Ocean Rd and the Apostles were particularly special memories and you have captured them so beautifully 😊

  10. we can only think of Australia and this drama it is going through
    Even if it rained – and sometimes very much – in certain regions, it was again announced that there were high temperatures and wind that could wake up the fires that might have fallen asleep.
    We think of people of course, but especially animals and those who could not escape from their pens or the houses in which they were …..

  11. That’s a lovely tribute. I’d love to go back there again – if I can convince my wife to do the long flight. The Aussies are a hardy bunch, I’m sure they’ll rebound with class.

  12. Wonderful post, Jane! I hope the rains come soon and the recovery begins.

  13. Amazing shots of a beautiful country. It will take time but I believe it will recover.

  14. Such a great tribute to a marvelous continent. It’s one of the few countries I’ve always wanted to visit (outside the USA), but never had the chance. Thanks so very much for showing it it through your vision through the lenses. We all hope for recovery soonest. The videos of the little burnt koalas broke my heart. Lucky you to have actually spent some time there. Bless you for sharing your experience.

    • Thank you for reading, Gunta. It is an astounding country and Aussies are wonderful people. I hope you have a chance to get there someday. And yes, the loss of wildlife and habitat is devastating. I’m glad you found my photos inspiring. 💕

  15. Thank you Jane for your Australian tribute. Your photos capture this beautiful country. In reply, a quote from the Aussie Pulitzer prize winner, Geraldine Brooks, concluding her recent “Sydney Diary”in the Financial Times : “So I hope we will get through this crisis and then channel all the pain, the anxiety and the anger into turning our country from climate laggard to climate leader. We will figure out a just transition from coal to clean energy that brings the workers and their communities along and doesn’t leave them behind. We’ll call off the madness of new coal mines. We’ll fully use our abundant sun and wind resources and become pioneers in renewables such as hydrogen. We’ll replant trees at an unprecedented rate and stop logging our old forests. We’ll re-embrace old Aussie values such as thrift and frugality instead of waste and extravagance. An 18th century rabbi, Nachman of Bratslav, put it best: “If you believe it is possible to destroy, then believe it is possible to repair.” ‘ Thank you my American friend, Sally

    • Hi Sally, This excerpt from Geraldine Brooks is an inspiring call to action and words that every country should embrace. Thank you for sharing this. You are in my thoughts and I send my warmest good wishes to you. ❤️

  16. Lovely gallery and tribute to Australia! ❤

  17. I like your quote from A Sunburned Country. I just reread that book and it makes me want to go to Australia. All great photos, but I love the shot of the Three Sisters. Awesome light and contrast.

  18. So many beautiful shots, Jane, but the 3 Sisters really calls to me. It was so horrible seeing them shrouded in smoke. Thank heavens for rain! 🙂 🙂

  19. Such beautiful photos of my home country Jane. Thank you. I’ve been to pretty much all these places. It’s a great country to explore. When were you there?
    Alison

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed these photos, Alison. Means a lot coming from your eyes. Thank you. We visited twice early in the last decade and then lived in Sydney for a few months in 2014. Loved every minute!

  20. These are beautiful, as are the sayings. Wishing the same.

  21. A lovely tribute toAustralia!

  22. hi jane an interesting mix of pictures from australia, i really like them.
    greetings robert

  23. Lovely post Jane….great images and great message.

  24. We live on such a wonderful and diverse planet. Hopefully man and woman kind will do whatever it takes to save it.

  25. Great representation of a beautiful and exotic plACE.

  26. Wonderful photos, Jane.
    I especially like the Koala photos. They are such beautiful animals and it breaks my heart to know that they burned and now drown.

  27. Truly amazing images Jane. Thank goodness for the recent rain this beautiful country had.

  28. Love the pictures! Envy your travels!

  29. Wow, those cute animal faces you captured! Like others above, I hope people and animals there are not to badly hurt.

  30. Lovely captures Jane. I hope that, for the wildlife and people, their land recovers.

  31. Hear hear!!! I have two old friends there who are often in my thoughts. Good set of pictures, Jane, I especially like “The Remarkables”. 🙂

  32. I followed the lead of your opening quotation and found this in the book: “But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century, wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister, Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again. This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could just lose a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of this had never reached me.”

    Do you recall where along the Great Ocean Road you took your picture? I’d like to go there.

  33. Wonderful homage, Jane. So much beauty in Australia and so much loss. We have to hope that in time much will return as it was but it will be such a challenge for the country, its wildlife and plants, and the people.

  34. Beautiful work, as always, Jane. I especially like the blue-hour shot.

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  36. Terrific album, and the koalas are irresistible. I got to meet Australians when I was in college, and they were sometimes a little eccentric and unpredictable, but always great company.

    • Thank you, Robert. And how fun that you had Australian friends in college!

      • I was one of the student liaisons for kids arriving from other countries. When I asked one Australian what he wanted to do/see during his time in the U.S., he said immediately, “Something very American – I want to go shoot guns in a cornfield.” I told him that actually would be not typical, not a good idea, and kind of extremely dangerous, but hooked him up with someone who had membership at a trap & skeet club, where the only fatalities are clay pigeons! 🙂

  37. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing the world our beautiful country Jane. You have captured the spirit of this gorgeous land. Bill Bryson got it so right in his summing up. Definitely a book to read if you are coming here. Spread the word, we need tourists now to help those poor people that have lost so much to help them rebuild. And it is not the whole country gone up in flames, this is a huge country and still so much to see.

  38. When I was with the airline, I always enjoyed passengers from Australia..friendly, personable and funny. Wishing them rain and a good recovery.

  39. Astonishing images, Jane, “Three Sisters” look a lot like a place here in the USA. I also loved all your quotations , they marry very well with your work. Have a great week ahead of you.

  40. Some wonderful images and thoughts in this one Jane. But not surprisingly, I am a sucker for the koalas :-). Beautiful post

  41. Such beauty you’ve shared here Jane…wonderful tribute…heartfelt. Smiles Hedy 😀💫

  42. A beautiful tribute to an extraordinary place, Jane. Thankfully, they are getting some rain!

  43. What a fabulous post Jane. It has been heartbreaking watching the Big Sunburned Country burn.

  44. What a stunningly beautiful country that is, and what great pictures! I hope the land will recover soon.

  45. Beautiful visions, full of hope for their recovery and renewal. A lovely post, Jane.

  46. Thank you for posting these photos. So moving to see. I feel deeply touched by the koalas, birds, breathtaking land/seascapes and the Aboriginal sayings.

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