Monday, November 29, 2010

MY WORLD ~ Sacred Canyon

Enter the Sacred Canyon at your own risk! Even the youngsters
among the trees stretch out their feet to trip you up.

Thoughtfully, in single file we brave the narrow creek bed.
Each lost in our own 'Dreaming'.

The Aboriginal marking of a permanent waterhole carved in
time immemorial, was it a hundred, a thousand or ten thousand
years ago that a flint tipped tool carved these sacred symbols
for ever present water?

Every crevice was filled with flowers, this one, the European
hop bush a recent newcomer in this ancient landscape.

Newer signs of things to come without this encouragement
one could easily give up as the creek is bone dry until you
actually reach the liquid wonder that flows for less than 100
metres before disappearing under ground.

If you enlarge this picture, you will notice more carvings on
the rocks at far left. They depict the fact that this is permanent
water, and the animals who come to drink here. The footprint
of an emu the squiggle of snake and drag of lizard as well as a
simple representation of a human.

Apart from a tiny trickle of water, total stillness engulfs all
comers as one by one each sinks into the Dreamtime . . .

A place so gentle yet powerful that uplifts and regenerates
the soul and one is loth to leave again.

The keeper of country who watched over me and helped me
negotiate tricky rock climbs to reach the inner sanctum.

The canyon is neither deep nor wide but powerful in a spiritual
way that stays with one through space and time.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

TODAY'S FLOWERS ~ Poppies and Roses

Sunlit poppies blowing in the wind,

perfectly painted by crayon, watercolour or . . . just light.

The sunlit splendour of the roses too looked painted my a

From this week in my garden.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ Potpourrie

Shadows come in many guises, romantic



or just a little bit self-agrandising.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

SkyWatch ~ Goolwa Sunset Part 3

This is the last group of photos of that magical sunset. I have
only left out two that might have been a little boring.

As the rainbow and golden glow faded from the eastern sky,
the clouds high above the west lit up.

I seemed to be going around in circles as the colours kept
changing around me. Below is just to the left of the above.

A little more to the left and they were more muted but
fantastic just the same.

The bridge to Hindmarsh Island now looks totally different
to the image in the first instalment.

It looked like this was going to be the end but

the light over the bridge grew again,

the sky to the west lost colour and

suddenly the sun waved its last farewell.

That night it rained . . . .

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nature Notes ~ Kangaroo Korner

As I was concentratedly endeavouring to capture the madly
mating dragonflies on the pond in the park, I was shocked to
hear the thunder of hoofbeats behind me. While turning to
see I thought 'but the horse is in the other paddock and why
this mad gallop?'
Startled, I saw a 7' kangaroo coming down at me at full tilt.
He did not see me,and veered around the bank not 3" away
from me.

I got the camera to my eye and started snapping but sometimes
stopped in sheer amazement at his great bounds and speed. He
had taken the fence behind me in one huge leap, clearing it by
well over 1', a real candidate for the olympics!

I was lucky to catch him doing 'airs above the ground' in this
one and bounce like a ball off the ground.

In the 18 years we have had the farm and have been planting
wildlife corridors along our road verges and establishing some
Eucalyptus plantations, the kangaroo population has escalated
in quite an alarming way, to the point of the council putting
up kangaroo warning signs of which the roos take no notice

Having rounded the pond, here he is disappearing into the
trees on the far side and about to sail over the next fence.

Much as I love to see the natural inhabitants of this land
returning and do not mind sharing the pastures with them,
they do great damage to our fences. The big ones just take
them in their stride but the smaller ones break through
them in so many places that they have become like sieves and
our sheep wander where they will and can easily stray from home.

Just the tail end still showing and one of our resident waterfowl.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Watery Wednesday ~ Water in the Desert or Aged Idiocy

Im the desert country it can rain all night playing music on
the tin roof but after an hour or two, all that is left of the
downpour is a puddle on the road.

The sandy ground is already drying off and paling in colour.

My Nemesis, after another night of rain, I came a cropper at
this inconspicuous little sheet of water. It had gathered in a
roadside ditch I needed to cross to the patch of Sturt Desert
Peas on the other side. The water was too deep to my being
willing to immerse my leather shoes in, too wide to jump, hmm
what now? No wood handy to bridge it, aha!, a sizeable rock
half submerged in the sticky mud, that will have to do. After
some juggling of camera and yanking at rock, I had my prize
without being plastered in mud. A judicious throw near the
other side where the water was shallower and within my range.
The result was not perfect but the way around the water seemed
worse. The bank on the other side looked firm enough, I gathered
my forces, put my best foot forward and leapt . . . I had intended
to barely touch the stone when, with a sucking sound the rock
sank. Pitching forward, yours truly slammed into the muddy bank
on hands and knees. When I extricated myself from this sticky
situation and shakily surveyed the damage, it seemed not too bad.

The camera had survived almost unscathed and I? Well I did look
like the monster from the deep, jacket, trousers and gloved hand
liberally caked with mud, both shoes full of water but no less
determined to go after my photographic quarry than before. I
slipped and slid up the bank, crossed the road and walking on a
couple of pounds of mud stuck to my shoes soon discovered the
flat earth I was behaving more like a mixture of an ice rink and
quicksand and pulling my feet away from under me.

I saw our trusty red UTE come my way and by ESP my darling
daughter to my rescue.

I seemed to be all in one piece. Only later at dinner the swellings
and bruises started to appear. In the heat of the moment I had not
noticed a couple of rocks on the bank, that added to very thin
blood due to medication did the rest. Weighing up options: driving
to the nearest hospital (a few hundred miles away), not an option
with flooded creeks. The airstrip too soft for the flying doctor to
land and the helicopter had left before the storm broke. Ah well,
had to rely on self help again and here I am to tell the tale.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

MY WORLD ~ Feet and Faces of Sacred Canyon

At the entrance of Sacred Canyon in the Flinders Ranges of
South Australia, sentinels of great age have grown faces to
protect this important dryland waterhole. The wonderful Roz
gives scale to the enormous feet of this Eucalyptus camaldulensis
with its roots dug deep into the earth to a depth of 60' and more.

Look up and a face looks toward the canyon . . .

you feel like checking your back when you have passed them

Sometimes there is just one, sometimes a group occupying
a limb of a tree.

Another tree with its feet gripping the stony earth.

Another face, old and wrinkled like a fearful soldier of Mordor.

Feet of great age need cooling . . . the common name of this
Eucalyptus is river red gum, because it grows in and along
watercourses and has the most beautiful red, termite proof
timber extensively used for railway sleepers that are still
intact when being replaced by concrete ones after lasting
more than 100 years.

More shadowy faces, if I had been alone, I would have turned
back at this point. They looked threatening and protective
of this Aboriginal water hole.

All being well, next week I'll show the canyon itself. It was a
truly magical place.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

TODAY'S FLOWERS ~ Wittunga Botanical Gardens

Adelaide has three Botanical Gardens, the oldest in the CBD
of Adelaide, the mountain gardens at Mt.Lofty and the third
within the southern suburbs is Wittunga.

As you enter the gardens and nose into your parking spot,
you are greeted with this view of a magnificent pink
Callistemon in full bloom.

At present the gardens are filled with colour whichever way
you look.

There are many shady paths to wander and enjoy and green
lawns to picnic on, ducks to feed on the pond or grazing on
the lawns. A very people friendly place with all paths
negotiable by wheel chairs.

My camera and I spent a happy hour there last week.

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