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Landscapes can mean different things – #SundayStills

January 31, 2021

It’s time for another #SundayStills and this week’s prompt is ‘ Your favourite Landscape’. When I saw the prompt it was a day or so before Australia Day and immediately the word Landscape brought to mind a poem I learned in school many years ago. ‘My Country’ by Dorothea Mackellar. The poem was written in 1904 and after several edits was published in 1908. The second verse in particular brings to our mind’s eye different landscapes within Australia.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

What is a landscape?

What do you think it means? Immediately I think of a natural landscape but when I looked up the meaning of the word ‘landscape’, I was reminded that it could mean something totally different.

all the visible features of an area of land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal.

a painting, drawing, photograph, etc, depicting natural scenery

denoting a format of printed matter which is wider than it is high

Landscape orientation
Portrait orientation

What is my favourite landscape?

I pondered this question and was unable to come up with just one. I searched through my travel photos and came up with several. For me the splender, beauty and vastness of nature whether it be the Mountains or the Ocean, rolling hills or a garden, each landscape fills me with joy and wonder. However, I do like an Urban landscape especially at night with lights twinkling from the skyline.

Nature’s Landscapes

An Oasis in the midst of New York
The power of nature at the Niagara Falls
The crystal clear waters of Mystery Island
The splendour of the Canadian Rockies
Magnficient gum trees in a local park
The beach where I live

Man-made landscapes

The landscape from my kitchen window
Ancient man-made landscapes – Taormina, Sicily
The urban landscape of Brisbane where I run

The dazzling landscape of Las Vegas

What is your favourite landscape?

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  • Reply Toni Pike January 31, 2021 at 18:35

    Fabulous photos, Sue x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 1, 2021 at 08:27

      Thank you, Toni, I’m lucky to have seen beautiful landscapes all over the world. x

  • Reply Donna Connolly February 1, 2021 at 01:30

    Hi, Sue – You had me at “her beauty and her terror.” What a beautiful, moving poem. And is that truly your view from your kitchen window? Stunning!! I want to be magically transported to Surfers Paradise today!
    This post is so inspiring and definitely makes me long to travel again. Your photography is beautiful. Thank you for including Canada. I plan to make Australia one of my upcoming long-distance trips. 3 more days!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 1, 2021 at 08:26

      Yes it is one poem, Donna that I’ve remembered the words to, although it is only the second verse. We are certainly getting ‘itchy feet’ but know that we have to be patient and not take unnecessary risks. I look forward to the day you come to Australia again. x

  • Reply suzanne vosbikian February 1, 2021 at 05:26

    Beautiful collection Sue. Mystery Island is definitely calling my name.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 1, 2021 at 08:25

      Thank you Suzanne the water surrounding Mystery Island was just so clear it was amazing. x

  • Reply kirstin troyer February 1, 2021 at 09:10

    These are stunning! I’ve been really loving the challenge.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 2, 2021 at 11:35

      Thanks Kirstin, I enjoyed your photos as well and I’m also getting into the challenge now. Next week will be a bit tricky though – Fallen x

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt February 1, 2021 at 11:46

    Sue, firstly, the poem is marvelous and heartfelt. Feels truly patriotic. You’ve outdone yourself with this collection of photos! The view from your window is amazing. As I traveled with you today, I realize you’ve seen more of the US than I have! I would be truly inspired to walk along that stretch of Brisbane. Reminds me so much of San Diego!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 2, 2021 at 11:38

      It is a lovely poem Terri, although that was only the second verse but the most well known. I have been lucky to visit the US several times and look forward to returning again one day. Thanks again for encouraging me with #SundayStills. x

  • Reply Debbie Harris February 1, 2021 at 20:33

    I love that poem and it speaks volumes about our beautiful country! What a fabulous selection of photos you’ve shared with us, you are really getting into this photo challenge, I love seeing you here! I hadn’t thought about the orientation aspect of landscape, great thinking!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 2, 2021 at 11:29

      Thanks Deb, I love the poem too although am guilty of only really know that verse by heart. I think I’m getting the hang of #SundayStills thanks for your encouragement. x

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