Sail away with me

On a recent walk in the beautiful coastal town of Merimbula, these boats caught my eye. Something about them made me stop. After taking these photographs, I realised what it was.

The boats were tied up, as if held back. They were restrained. Of course, that’s what you do with a boat when it is not on the water. You keep it safe. But still, they seemed a little sad, almost as if waiting to be freed, to be unleashed upon the open water.

“The boat is safer anchored at the port. But that is not the aim of boats.” – Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage

“That is not the aim of boats.”

These boats felt like the perfect representation of the last two years. In so many ways, we’ve been restricted. The freedoms we enjoyed so obliviously were suddenly snatched away. The people we longed to see were so much further away than the distance between us. The plans we made with hopeful hearts, so far out of reach.

Then I saw this boat. Still not quite free, but hopeful. Still anchored, but edging towards a dream. Still unfulfilled, but tiptoeing towards a promise of something better.

Here’s to 2022, may it bring us the opportunity to explore new waters, the courage to leave the shore, and the people we love, to row with us.

© 2022 Seetha Dodd

To see a world in a single word

The Japanese word komorebi does not have a direct English equivalent. It refers to the interplay between light and leaves when sunlight filters through trees. 


Magical komorebi in Otford, NSW

komorebiHow beautifully specific and eloquent.
The closest we have in English is perhaps ‘dappled sunlight’ but isn’t it wonderful to have one word that holds so much within itself? 

Komorebi is made up of three characters –
tree + escape/leaking through + light/sun.

♥ light, leaking through the trees
♥ the sun, escaping from a tree
♥ sunshine playing with leaves

There is so much poetry in nature.


©2020 Seetha Nambiar Dodd
Ps. New header image for 3 little birds created by Nikhita Dodd. 

Monuments, Meals & Memories

On a recent visit to the Motherland, I ate like a local and took photos like a tourist. Here are a few of my favourites:

Flight path


Intricate carvings on a Hindu temple


Crouching Lion, Not-so-Hidden Dragon protecting a Chinese temple


‘Nasi lemak’ – Malaysian Breakfast (or Lunch, or Dinner) of Champions. Authentic apart from the melamine banana leaf.


‘Teh tarik’ – savour the condensed-milk-sweetened, frothy deliciousness of ‘pulled tea’.


And then, the most beautiful thing I had seen in a while. A gift from my sister to our mother after my father’s passing. My parents in the 1970s. Captured and secured within a silver locket, so they may remain together although apart.


Visits to Malaysia are good for the soul.

©2018 Seetha Dodd

Shutter up

Sometimes words aren’t the right words to say,’ to quote a Passenger song. This week the words just didn’t flow. So if the old saying is right, that a picture says a thousand words, here are 6000 of my best.

1000: Rainbow sky in Cremorne

night sky

2000: Palm Beach sunset

palm beach sunset

3000: Clouds at sea – Balmoral Beach

clouds at sea

4000: The Sky says ‘Dance!’ and the clouds pirouette

the sky says dance and the clouds pirouette

5000: Martin Place at Twilight

sydney at twilight

6000: The Kiss, Balmoral Beach

the kiss

©2017 Seetha Dodd