MY ANXIOUS HEART, A PHOTO ESSAY

Anyone who has or has experienced a mental illness will know it can be hard to describe what you experience to those who aren’t afflicted by such things. But every now and then I come across a piece of work — a blog, a photo essay, a painting, a comic — that smartly conveys some aspect of…

PHOTOS: SYDNEY BOTANICAL GARDENS

For five hours I wandered through the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney on a Saturday afternoon in March 2015. Though I think I’ve still only seen half of what’s on show there. Gardens are peaceful places; flowers, ferns, tress and shrubs make life seem bearable more pleasant than usual. So I have to agree with American botanist Luther Burbank (1849-1926) who said:…

HUBBLE IN PICTURES: ASTRONOMERS’ TOP PICKS

In this special feature, The Conversation invited top astronomers to handpick the Hubble Space Telescope image that has the most scientific relevance to them. The images they’ve chosen aren’t always the colourful glory shots that populate the countless “best of” galleries around the internet, but rather their impact comes in the scientific insights they reveal.…

PHOTOS: CLOSE UP

A Canon 50mm f/2.5 compact macro lens recently joined my family of photographic assets. Since its safe and speedy arrival, it’s helped me to capture some of the finer details of the things lurking in my yard.