Posts Tagged ‘Australia


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


Bushfire Season


Fires out west create an apocalyptic sky over Newtown.


Callala Beach sunset

Revisiting some older photos from last year.

Often, when going through a collection of new photos, I find myself losing judgement on how good a photo is. Coming back to these, I’ve decided that I quite like them.

This is Callala Beach, in the Jervis Bay Marine Park on the south coast of New South Wales. It’s a lovely quiet spot precisely because it is off a long road and out of reach of public transport.

Callala Beach

Callala Beach sunset


More uploads to the new site

Here are some more uploads onto the new site. These were taken on Australia Day, 26th of January 2012.

Austinmer sea mist ocean beaches swimmers

If you think it looks cold, you’re wrong. It was quite hot, even with this ocean mist spending most of the day with us. It did clear for a while but then it came back.

Austinmer beaches Australia Day sea mist

Austinmer rocks sea beaches NSW swimmers misty

It really was a remarkable day, and when I finally got into the water, continuously crashing waves forced air under the water so that it felt like being in soda water – very cool and refreshing!


Callala Beach – Jervis Bay Marine Park

Callala colors

Callala Colours












I’d never been down this way before, Callala Beach, part of the Jervis Bay Marine Park, on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.
It’s a quiet place, and the enclosed bay means that the waves are almost non-existent, so it’s ideal for swimming.

hermit crabs

Hold on

Sea Eagle

Sea Eagle

Pied Oystercatcher

Pied Oystercatcher

There is wildlife, of course. There must have been thousands of Hermit Crabs on that beach. At least one Sea Eagle, which I saw with a fish later. A couple of these Pied Oystercatchers (how hard is it to catch an oyster?).

scallops shells

Time and Tide

Sandstone Shoreline

Sandstone Shoreline

afternoon sunlight

Afternoon glow on the headland

Walking into the sunset

Walking into the Sunset

water shoreline
















Nelson’s Beach: we went there for an afternoon and the landscape was a little more dramatic.

Nelson's Beach

Ocean Mists












We headed south down the beach one morning and could see a town in the distance. We thought we’d have a coffee there. Alas, after over an hour, we were sooo close…

So near and yet...

We did see a more appropriate form of transport.

The only way to travel

Hermit Crab 1

Go here for a slideshow of more Flickr photos as I’m running out of space and there’s a video.

Just a little vid of Callala Beach. It ends with me walking into the sunset. (I finally found out how to adjust the aspect ratio for wide screen, to. If you were wondering, type into the tags section “yt:stretch=16:9” – yeah, so obvious.)

On our drive back we stopped off at Minnamurra Beach, and off shore was this magnificent island. I always feel about islands like this that they harbour some mystery. They look like a place not meant for humans but for spirits, the wild ocean and the birds.

Island of Secrets, minnamurra

Island of Secrets 4



Incoming, originally uploaded by smallfox2.

And come it did, and wet I did get.

Looking out over Sydney University at the inevitable.

It’s the first time I’ve been caught in the rain in such a long time and it was wonderful! The thunder and the downpour were very invigorating – they always buck me up 😀


Australia Day at the Beach

Australia Day at the Beach, originally uploaded by smallfox2.

It was hot and humid and the perfect weather for being at the beach and not somewhere else.

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