Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Australian connection

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Wait, I can explain. . . why this is not exactly a Jerusalem photo!

My daughter the engineer (whom I recently acknowledged here) has the heart of a poet, the hands of a violinist, and the eye of a photographer. NAOMI took this photo from the ferry as she and my young grandson were returning to Circular Quay a few weeks ago. The white "sails" of the Sydney Opera House against the stormy winter sky were perfect for SkyWatch, I thought; and Naomi agreed.
Judah Ha-Levi was a Jewish physician, poet, and philosopher born in Spain about 1085. His most famous line, about his longing for Zion, is "My heart is in the East, and I am at the ends of the West." Sometimes when I get to missing Naomi and my son-in-law and my two Australian-born grandsons, I feel like my heart is in the South while I am way up North.

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37 comments:

Snap Catch said...

Nice one for SWF! We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.... Mine's up too hope you can drop by...

Old Wom Tigley said...

This is a beautiful posting by you this week... I feel honoured and never mind where the picture is from I'm sure your words are 'sunshine' enough for everyone who misses someone :O)

Tom

Sorry for this copy and paste comment but I need to check all the links work , I also wanted you to know I've been here and seen your post... thank you for joining in with us this week I hope you enjoy the fun of it all. I will try to get back over the next day or two and see how your Sky Watch went on

Tom :O)

Louise said...

That is a fabulous picture. I can't imagine living that far away from family. Not like you can even drive all day to see them.

CrazyCath said...

Still a fantastic shot. Another sight I would love to see.

Donna said...

Great shot Dina!! Happy day to you!!hughugs

Rachel* said...

this is a lovely picture! I love every picture I see of Austrailia, but I think this one has topped them all!

SandyCarlson said...

Your daughter is a talented woman!

Marit said...

The Opera House realy stands out in front of those stormy cloudes.

Nice shot!

"JEANNELLE" said...

Very nice photo for Skywatch! Your commentary is most interesting!!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Not of Jerusalem, true, but a beautiful photo nonetheless. Very lovely Sky Watch!

kjpweb said...

That's a beauty of Skywatch! Wonderful!
Cheers, Klaus

Wren said...

LOL - I did a double take when I first looked at the picture. Great photo, kudos to your daughter

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful Naomi photographer shot.

Jules said...

Hi Dina - what a magnificent shot!!!
I know how you feel as my daughters are in Australia at boarding school and I am here in PNG!! Your heart is torn isn't it?

My dear friend Colleen (another Aussi) lives in Jordan and Jerusalem is her favourite place in the world she says, so i must give her your link - she will be so thrilled!!!

i will pop in and visit you too as this is a place i plan to visit with C one day. Cheers

Sherry Stewart said...

I relate to belonging to the east. Beautiful opera house, my my, just gorgeous. Naomi sounds fascinating..

Kay said...

I do most certainly remember Naomi having the hands of a violinist as a 5 year old. She picked up that violin as though she was made to play it. You have so much to be proud of in your whole family. The photo of the Opera House is gorgeous also.

Louis la Vache said...

Dina, this is a beautiful image and a touching post. "Louis" feels your yearning to be with your loved ones 'in the South...'

babooshka said...

Excellnet wide angled view. It is such an amazing building, bt seeing it from this distance with the gorgoues blue sea is spectacular.

Petrea said...

It is perhaps a comfort to be able to connect regularly via the web, I hope. She took this wonderful photo and sent it to you.

Michelle of Rambling Woods said...

Dina..I said to Kay and it's true of you..Your posts are welcoming, graceful and thoughtful. Thank you for supporting my blogging efforts..

nonizamboni said...

Touching post, Dina and a quote to remember when I'm feeling especially displaced...
Thanks for the explanation about Barak Obama's name in Hebrew as well as the photo of all the paper stuffed in the Wall.
Shalom.

Titania said...

This is a beautiful photo of the Opera House in Sydney. Naomi did a real good photographers job. Always when I see this great building I am very proud, it looks so splendid and fits our old and young country.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Nice picture from a great site.

fishing guy said...

Dina: A woderful structure to show with your Sky.

Suzanne said...

This is beautiful. Sydney really is the birthplace of modern Australia. Happy SWF.

Julie said...

Yep! Excellent shot! Really makes the old girl stand to attention there. All this explains why I see you around Australian blogs so much. Kris in Tassie is a joy to visit at the moment, isn't he?

Greyscale Territory said...

Aaaaaah! Sydney! Home of my childhood! I even remember the Opera House being built! This is a magic pic, quite different from the touristy ones! That interesting sky makes all the difference!

Dan said...

This is definately a beautiful site. It must be one of the most often photographed things in Australia. Naomi's image is great!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

i know how you feel - to get to wellington, NZ from Crete, I need to go to athens via the overnight ferry (or fly in 1 hour), wait for my flight to singapore, catch another flight to auckland, and anotehr one to wellington, a long journey that gets mroe and mroe difficult as the years go by

Shimmy Mom said...

Your daughter captured a beautiful shot. The Sails just jump out at you.
When my hubby was in the military we were the only ones in my family or his that had moved out of the state we grew up in. I know how it feels to have your heart in two places at once. Here's hoping you get to see your sweet family soon.
*hugs*
Shimmy

Lara said...

bautiful post, especially since the picture belongs to your daughter!

Island Rambles Blog said...

Great Sky Watch Post...for the new site...so interesting to see skies all around the world. Cheers.

Ann said...

The light in that photo is just perfect with the stormy sky and the Opera House lit up. If that's the week I think it was there wasn't much sun around. She was lucky to be there when she was and she's a terrific photographer.

ichandrae said...

hi.
The visual metaphor of the sails work beautifully and was truly enhanced by the weather conditions and the gorgeous photograph.

Pearl Maple said...

Great photo for Sky Watch Friday and thank you for sharing your stories. Australia is often the scene of blue sky days, a little bit of weather adds that touch of interesting to your photo.

Thank you for your kind comments on my blog earlier.

sonia a.m. said...

Wonderful photo! Naomi has a great talent! Love your words too, very touching!

the teach said...

Oh Dina, I feel your desire to see your family. I'm sure it's hard...