Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ocean and the Sea

     Oceans cover more than two thirds of the earth’s surface and contain more than 95% of the earth’s water, and yet their vastness is their least impressive feature. Life on earth began in the ocean, and there it continues to thrive. Conservatively, there are hundreds of thousands of species living in our oceans, and we continue to find more every day. The oceans also play a vital role in regulating the temperature of the earth, absorbing solar heat and redistributing it around the world. As much as they give life, oceans are also a source of fear for many, and are frequently used to depict isolation.

Oceans and the Waves 

Quotes on the Ocean

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came. 
John F. Kennedy

    You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Mahatma Gandi

 I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Isaac Newton

Jim Warren Surreal Art 
 White Horses

Songs about the Oceans and Seas
 Van Morrison Into the Mystic  
“Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea and feel the sky”

Sailing the Seven Seas
Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark
The light of love that shines so bright
Seven Seas of  Blue

Never Ending 
Endless Ocean of Love
Gaze upon the starlit dew 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Birds of Song

The Robin 
Kahlil Gibran

O Robin, sing! For the secret of eternity is in song.
I wish I were as you, free from prisons and chains.
I wish I were as you; a soul flying over the valleys,
Sipping the light as wine is sipped from ethereal cups.
I wish I were as you, innocent, contented and happy.
Ignoring the future and forgetting the past.
I wish I were as you in beauty, grace and elegance
With the wind spreading my wings for adornment by the dew.
I wish I were as you in beauty, a thought floating above the land
Pouring out my songs between the forest and the sky.O Robin, sing!
and disperse my anxiety. listen to the voice within your voice
that whispers in my inner ear;”

Rockin Robin Jackson 5 

  • The Indian peafowl or blue peafowl is a large and brightly coloured bird, is a species of peafowl native to South Asia, but introduced in many other parts of the world. The male, or peacock, is predominantly blue with a fan-like crest of  feathers.
  • Peacock symbolism: Vision, Royalty, Spirituality, Awakening, Guidance, Protection, & Watchfulness. In Greco-Roman mythology the Peacock tail has the "eyes" of the stars. In Hinduism, the Peacock is associated with Lakshmi who represents patience, kindness and luck.
  • Ancient Greeks believed that the flesh of peafowl did not decay after death, and so it became a symbol of immortality. This symbolism was adopted by early Christianity, and thus many early Christian paintings and mosaics show the peacock.
  • The pride of the Peacock is the glory of God  William Blake
  • The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail. Amitendranath Tagore

Elvis and his Peacock jumpsuit which sold for $300,000 in 2008 

Double Barred Finch

  • Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. Plato
  • Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven. Michel Angelo
  • Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. Victor Hugo
  • Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” Salvador Dali
  • The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. J.M.Barrie
  • Pan, who and what art thou?" he cried huskily"I'm youth, I'm joy," Peter answered at a venture, "I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.
  • Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if  no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke
  • Heavenly bodies are nests of invisible birds

Spotted Turtle Dove 

The Wings of a Dove
Dolly Parton


Fleetwood Mac


When the Bluebird is on the Wind 
Elvis rare live performance 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Poe Poetry and Pied Stilts

 Pied Stilts on Pumicestone Passage

Passage from Poe's 


 And all I loved, I loved alone 
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
 The mystery which binds me still
  From the torrent, or the fountain
   From the red cliff of the mountain
    From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold
From the lightning in the sky 

Lines from Poe

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion.
Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.
It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.
I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active, not more happy ,nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.

 Annabel Lee

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee

The Story behind Annabel Lee 

  The Raven

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore?"
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, "Lenore!" —
Merely this, and nothing more” 

The Raven Narrated by Christopher Lee 

Edgar Allan Poe Bio --
Born in Boston 19th January 1809 and Died 7th October 1849
Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. His mother Elizabeth left her husband after Edgar was born and then she unfortunately past away when he was only two. He was adopted by Mr and Mrs John Allan. Between the ages of 6 and 12 Edgar spent his school years in England before going back to the Allan,s . Edgar went to University of Virginia and began to drink heavily before joining the army. The Allan's were quite wealthy but when John Allan died nothing was left for Edgar in the will so he struggled financially. In 1835 Edgar got his big break when he won a competition with his story,Manuscript in a Bottle and gained employment as an editor for a newspaper.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Kahlil Gibran
     Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese artist, poet, and writer who died in 1931. He is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao Tzu.  Elvis Presley is known for his gift giving of cars,houses and jewellery but in the early sixties he also handed out many of Gibrans books to family, friends and fans. While John Lennon included a line from Gibrans Poem, Sand And Foam in the Beatles song Julia. Its a strong possibility that John F Kennedy in his inaugural address took a passage from Gibrans, A New Frontier. Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country?
Kahlil writings has had a big influence on my life and I think his influence stretches alot further than many think. 

Some of My Favourite Gibran Passages 

  • They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.
  • There must be something unusually sacred in salt if it is contained in our tears and in the sea
  • Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others
  •  Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.  
  • The song of the voice is sweet, but the song of the heart is the pure voice of heaven. 
  •  Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. 
  • Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. 
  •  In a single drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
Gibran on Children
  • They came thru you but not from you & though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
Let these be your desires
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving 
  • Many times the Christ has come to the world, and He has walked many lands. And always He has been deemed a stranger and a madman.

Friday, February 17, 2017

     Currimundi Lake is a saltwater lake situated beside Currimundi Beach on the Sunshine Coast. The lake is ideal for family canoeing.The park protects coastal plant of  wallum heathland, woodlands and dune plant communities.The coastal heath and woodland also supports many native bird species. Wildflowers are best viewed in late winter and spring.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tectocoris diophthalmus, 
commonly known as the Hibiscus Harlequin Bug or Cotton Harlequin Bug

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mooloolaba Moon

History Trivia

Halloween Pictures from History 

  • “Souling” is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes.
  • Halloween is short for Hallows Eve or Hallows Evening .
  • Halloween was influenced by the ancient Roman festival Pomona, which celebrated the harvest goddess of the same name. Many Halloween customs and games that feature apples (such as bobbing for apples) and nuts date from this time. In fact, in the past, Halloween has been called San-Apple Night and Nutcrack Night.
  • Mexico celebrates the Days of the Dead on the Christian holidays All Saints’ Day November 1 and All Souls’ Day November 2 instead of Halloween.
Pics of Mexico's Day of the Dead

Geographic Trivia
Illinois in 1818 became the 21st state of the USA
Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant and Barack Obama presidents who became president while living in Illinois and President Ronald Reagan who was born and raised in Illinois. The capitol Chicago in the North to Cairo in the south also known as Little Egypt.
Chicago is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word Shikaakwa.

Photo of the Day from down under
Moloolaba Moon 

Nature Video of the Week
Animal Homes and Architecture 

Music Trivia 
The song That''s Rock'n'Roll was written and originally recorded by Eric Karmen in 1976 and was Shaun Cassidy's first hit on the music charts in 1977. 
Here is a clip from the Midnight Special Eric Karmen Burton Cummings and Andrew Gold