Image by Australian photographer Nate Smith

Australian photographer Nate Smith hired a chopper and put together a flight plan that would assist him in capturing stunning images from 2100 ft above Sydney as the city is transformed into an amazing canvas of light during the annual outdoor lighting festival, which ran from May 22 to 8 June this year.


In the image above, the Sydney Opera house was transformed into an amazing canvas of light during this year’s vivid festival.

Copyright rider: I received this image via email, and profess to not to knowing if there is a copyright issue with me publishing it here. If you know there is, please advise me immediately and I will take it down. Nate, if you read this, and it is not ok to add you image here, please do let me know, but also, do know that many of your images are being emailed and shared around the…

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I Remember For Someone Who Has Forgotten

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IMG_3861A daughter’s story – facing my mother’s dementiaA fear of Getting Old Where have the past 44 years gone? Honestly….. It seemed like only yesterday that I was nine and enjoying all the fruits of my parent’s hard work, dedication and family-ness. I’d cruise the streets of my smallish country town on my canary yellow BMX bike lovingly welded together by my handyman father in readiness for my weekend adventures. Life seemed pretty hassle free, thanks to the safe, secure environment that I was raised. It really couldn’t have been more perfect, especially during the holidays when we’d visit my grandparents who lived in a pretty amazing location, Byron Bay. I remember early morning breakfasts with my grand-dad consisting of fruit loops and honey on toast. I’d have the fruit loops and he’d have his usual habitual honey on toast. He was quite a bit older than my grandma…

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Differences between humans and animals

‘No single, essential difference separates human beings from other animals.’ So began a feature article on evolution in TIME magazine (‘How Man Began’, March 14, 1994). The more I thought about this sweeping statement the more I began to warm to it.

For example, like humans, apes have well formed rational faculties. Their ability to develop an argument, follow a line of logic, draw conclusions and frame hypotheses is quite remarkable.

Also like humans, apes have a marked faculty for language. (This, of course, is intertwined with their powers of reason.) Their vocabulary is enormous, their grammar complex, and their conversations deep and meaningful.

The apes’ ability to codify language in writing is further proof of their close relationship to humans. In this respect, it was most gratifying to see the number of apes who wrote to TIME magazine in response to the article on ‘How Man Began’. I was particularly interested to follow the line of reasoning of the orang-utan who argued that apes had evolved from humans, not vice versa.