From Up Above

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 This post is part of the monthly 10 on 10 photography circle I’m part of with a group of awesome blogging friends. 

10 photos, shared on the 10th day of the month with a link to the next person in the circle, who links to the next person and so on. Be sure to click on the link at the bottom of the post and follow it around until you get back to me.

Whenever I fly, I always take a photo out the window. The view from up above always takes my breath away and leaves me in awe. A feeling of insignificance, of being just a little thing in a big wide world.

So as I’ve been flying around the lucky country this year, for work and play, I thought I’d share some of my pics from above.

10 on 10 December – From Up Above

The view out my window flying to Darwin. Not a soul for kilometres. For days. Pure wonder.


I’ve flown all over this great country, but this was my first time flying to Darwin. With a 4 flight, I found myself looking out the window for most of it and I couldn’t help but think of my fave Australian poem ‘My Country’ by Dorothea Mackellar, reciting this verse in my head.

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!

You can read the full poem here.

These two pics were taken on an early flight from Canberra to Sydney on a sunny Saturday back in July, as you can tell from the snow. It’s a quick flight and I pretty much spent the whole time looking out the window at this spectacular scenery.


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These two were taken on an early morning flight back to Sydney on a sunny Saturday morning. The harbour was sparkling and the photos just don’t do it justice. Oh Sydney! 



I visited my family in my hometown, Port Lincoln in South Australia back in winter. I will never tire of this view, ever. It gives me goosebumps every time I fly in, because… home!

On one side flying in you see this…


Then on the other side, this…

Boston Island
Port Lincoln

And then there’s the Gold Coast with its stretches of golden sand for days!

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Yep… The wide brown land for me!

What makes you feel lucky to live in the lucky country?

  Now don’t forget to follow the photography circle and pop on over to Mum of Five girls to see what Veronica’s been up to this month.





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20 thoughts on “From Up Above

  1. Great collection Shannon! You make me want to fly somewhere. He he. Looks like you’ve certainly covered a few miles of our beautiful country. That feeling you get when you fly above Sydney Harbour is like no other. Xoxo

  2. Omg, I can’t believe I’m going there for real!!! I need to be very well awake for Sydney approach!!! It’s so beautiful! I would love you to give me a list of author that I could read before visiting. Well that’s pretty soon but…
    xx cathy

    1. I know.. I’m so excited for your visit Cathy! Do you mean Australian poets? Or Australian authors in general? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do. xx

  3. I too can’t help but look at the window when I fly – it’s so amazing to see the landscape from a different perspective. Makes you feel pretty insignificant…& blessed at the same time.

  4. Oh! It sure is my happy place up in the clouds! Although after a long flight we can a feel a bit over it and tired but there’s a little kid inside of me squealing with excitement! The views from all your photos are just gorgeous. My fave is Sydney! I can’t wait to take my boys one day – they know all about it :) We sure are lucky to live in such a beautiful country Shan, the poem describes it beautifully!

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