01
Mar
14

The world’s greatest artist

…is the world itself.

Nature and the elements create the most beautiful works of art. Over who knows how many millions of years, these stones were fashioned by the same artist that fashioned us. They seem to be conveying a message for anyone who knows how to read it. Whether it is a geologist’s understanding or a gateway for meditation, the patterns on these stones talk to us.

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This stone seems to me like some kind of celestial map, charting the flow of energies in the macro- and microcosm.

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This one tells a story of life on earth (or so I feel, these are just personal impressions) like a snapshot.

The photos were taken on Killilea Beach, south of Wollongong.

01
Feb
14

The William Ricketts Sanctuary

When we were in Melbourne we went to see an old friend who lives in the hills. And while we were there, he took us to see the William Ricketts Sanctuary, a sculpture park, all the work created by the aforementioned sculptor.

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William Ricketts spent time with the Aboriginal people of the Australian outback. He credited them with a spirituality lost to the European settlers and found a saving grace amongst them. After he bought this area of land in the Dandenong Ranges, he dedicated himself to sculpting there connection to the land and each other and his relationship with them.

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The land is beautiful temperate rainforest, with the great Mountain Ashes, eucalypts that are the tallest broadleaf trees in the world. His sculptures seem to grow out of the land, itself.

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He saw both the white and black people as being crucified by what he called “The Brute”:

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This character is that of the dominator, seeking to control all the peoples of the earth. I can say that I heartily agree with him. This place is a place to reconnect to the lost spirit of the human race.

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See the entire set of photos.

If you are ever in the area, visit! Entry is free, there is a gift shop, and the whole thing is beautiful and thought and feeling provoking.

31
Dec
13

Featured on RedBubble

Two recent photos have been featured on RedBubble:

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Watcher, and:

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Mother’s Love.

Always nice to get appreciation :D

26
Dec
13

Today’s theme is ‘Sleep’

At a recent visit to Taronga Zoo, I was occasionally surprised to find an animal that was awake.

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The Chimpanzees were all enjoying a rest, including new mother, Kuma, with her baby, born in October, Fumo.

Not to be outdone:

Small Fox

Fenec Fox,

Snoozetime Turtle

Turtle,

Whacked

Tasmanian Devil

Asleep or dead

and a Tapir that looks almost dead.

It wasn’t a hot day, but it must have been a busy week.

04
Dec
13

Meerkats Meerkats!

Very few people would disagree with the idea that Meerkats are adorable. They are efficient little hunters of insects and spiders and very social creatures.

Whenever the Meerkats are digging about in search of food, one always keeps a watch-out for predators, whether snakes or other ground-dwelling threats, or eagles or hawks flying about looking for their meals.

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When all the work is over, it’s time to chill out.

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I think part of their appeal is the serious expression on their faces. At least, that how it looks to me. They could be laughing for all I know.

02
Dec
13

Ages of Komodo

A couple of photos showing stages in a Komodo Dragon’s life:

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The young dragon is a lean, quick predator. But as the lizards grow they become the biggest and heaviest in the world, and prey on pigs and deer and are known also to eat people if they get the chance.

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They are named after the island of Komodo in Indonesia, though they can swim to other islands in the area.

There has been recent talk that they are also venomous. It was thought that the bacteria in their mouths were what slowed down prey after they had bitten them but new research suggests that there is actually a compound in their saliva which acts as a soporific. While their bite isn’t deadly, they can catch you up while you sleep it off.

17
Oct
13

Bushfire Season

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Fires out west create an apocalyptic sky over Newtown.




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