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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”
― J.M. BarriePeter Pan

There is something special about the places that you visit in real life when they appear in your dreams. Perhaps it’s the memory of the experiences you had there, or it’s the feelings you had when you were present. Perhaps they are now the settings for something new, something exciting, something unknown. Some experts believe that dreams are the expression of our fears, while others believe that dreaming allows us to return to places and times that comfort us, either to reassure us or to allow us the change to change the outcome of things.

There are two places that appear in my dreams on a regular basis…

The mists of Rotorua ©lostinagreatbook

I loved this place. The sense memory of Rotorua is incredible – the smell of the sulphur, the heat of the mist coming off of the earth, and the iridescence of the colours in the slicks on top of the mud – it’s almost too much to take in the first time. Walking around the area – especially if you go in the rain, as I did – makes it feel as if you are walking on the surface of the moon. There are warnings all over to not leave the paths as the mud is exceedingly hot, but there’s no need – there’s something quietly unsettling about the place, and the distant pops as air escapes the hot ground make you feel as if you are in some kind of sci-fi story.

On the beach on Fraser Island – ©lostinagreatbook

The journey to and on Fraser Island is as wild as the humming mud above, but for very different reasons. Fraser Island is built entirely of sand, so it is shifting all the time. The only roads are the sand paths to and from the various beaches, and you share the space with the tides and the small planes that land (guess which has the right-of-way?). You are advised to not swim in the ocean due to sharks, and you can only travel when the tides are low, making every journey an adventure. There are mysterious fresh-water ponds within the island, where tiny turtles swim up to nibble on your toes, and packs of dingoes who pop their head in your tents to say hello at night (they particularly enjoy coming to visit when the rangers are giving their talks on avoiding the dingoes…). Travelling the beaches of Fraser Island has a dream-like quality to me, especially when cloud formations such as this are a way of life.

Finally, I want to share an image I took a while ago, when I was experimenting with infra-red film in my old-school film camera. I love this shot – if only because it brings to mind Edgar Allan Poe and gothic tales of fallen maidens and brooding heroes. How very Austen-esque – or perhaps Eyre-ian?? -of it all!

Headmistress’ House at Branksome Hall ©lostinagreatbook

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.” Anonymous

What are your dreams? Share in the comments below!

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Kristin Luna of Camels & Chocolate. Read on for more about this week’s theme and her photography tips!

Dream. We chose this week’s photo challenge subject because it utilizes one technique we love to play around with: long exposures. Sometimes we use a neutral density filter; other times, we go organic and get the aperture, ISO and shutter speed to align perfectly in an effort to give our shots an otherworldly sense of escapism. (Using a long exposure is also a great way to blur people and other unwanted “noise” out of your photo.)

New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how the weekly photo challenge works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

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  1. All of your photos are amazing, but I absolutely love the last one. It is a book without words. All kinds of things can happen behind those dark walls. Dreams…

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    • Thank you! I really loved using different films… it’s been the hardest part about the switch to digital. It’s probably why I won’t give up my film camera, and why I drag it out every once in a while.

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  2. I also like the last photo.

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  3. I have been to Fraser Island and your descriptions really capture the special nature of this place. I am yet to travel to Rotorua (hopefully within the next year or so) and love the way you have depicted this place in word and image. Finally, your last photo is so evocative and does conjure up those gothic tales. In fact, it made me think of Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

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    • Fraser Island is one of those wondrous places in the world that everyone needs to experience for themselves. I loved Rotorua – the touristy aspects aside, it’s pretty magical as well.
      Thanks for the compliment – I love that shot as well… funny that it’s the headmistress’ house at an all-girls school 🙂

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  4. I love all that foggy mist in the first one. That says dreaming to me. The last one reminds me of horror story images with the darkness, cloudy sky, vines, and the covered windows. Especially the covered window perhaps.

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