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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.

Message from within

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

Natural Record

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.

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.

09
Oct
13

Turtles Plus

‘Twas a public holiday on Monday and I hightailed it to Sydney Park. I haven’t been there much lately and I wanted to see how things were going, there. It was the middle of the day, so not the best light for photography, but anyhow I took my camera. And I’m glad that I did.

I hadn’t been down the little gully for some time, either; and because I’ve had wonderful bird and reptile experiences there in the past, I hoped to again. But any noticeable animal life seemed absent.

There was, however, a plant with enormous leaves which had grown very large in the time I’d not visited. It looked like some alien spawn amidst the conifers.

Big Leaves 1

Big Leaves 2

That is my hand there for comparison.

After walking around the plant for a while, I headed down to the wetlands.

Which weren’t looking all that wet, actually. It hasn’t rained much for a while and the catchments above the two ponds are being upgraded, so they are empty. The ponds have much less water than they’ve had for a while.

This has attracted unusual visitors, though. For one, a Black-winged Stilt which loves to poke around in sand and mud to look for food.

Black Winged Stilt

A Black-fronted Dotterel which feeds similarly. I have seen these before when the water was low; they are such timid creatures I could never get close enough to photograph them. Even this one was a mere dot, really, but my current camera has a longer zoom. In fact, all these birds would’ve escaped my camera without it.

Black-fronted Dotterall

And these two, which I believe to be Latham’s Snipes. It took a little bit of searching on Google images to find these. It was also hard to make them out as they blended in so well with their background.

Latham's Snipes 1

Latham's Snipes 2

But by far the best thing was the discovery that Eastern Long-necked Turtles lived in these ponds. They feed off of the small fish that also live there. I had never seen them before, but with the drop in water levels they were more exposed.

Eastern Long-necked Turtles

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Eastern Long-necked Turtle 1

Two of them wanted to cross the small hill between the ponds to better water.

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The first one I just guarded from dogs as it went its way. The second one (above) was more timid and I carried it across before letting it go. They headed for the viewing platform, particularly to the delight of a small girl and her baby brother.

Something of this may be seen on a video that I put together of the day.

I knew that the ponds would be drier than they have been, and I expected to see little of anything. So the day turned out rather well for me. The turtles especially were a joy, though after carrying one across…you know they’re rather smelly.

23
Mar
13

Spam Spam Spam – and St Stephen’s at night

So…I just logged into WordPress to find that my spam filter had filtered out 11 spam comments. These are of course deleted.

What do these people think I’m going to do??

Also, my mistake, the White-cheeked Heron doesn’t exist. It’s a White-faced heron. Silly me 🙂

And since this is a photo blog, have a photo: St Stephens at night. (Newtown, NSW, Australia)

St Stephen's at night

20
Mar
13

A little cheek

I was down at Sydney Park last Sunday. I had my camera with me but wasn’t expecting to actually take any photos.

Nonetheless, a young White-Faced Heron was on the scene, so the camera came out.

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It was fishing along the margins of one of the ponds, there.

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The plastic fencing in the background was put up to keep dogs out of the ponds, because there has been the occasional killing of bird-life there.

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The little fellow was finding lots of little meals in the form of small fish. We must have had more rain than I realised because the water was quite a bit higher than I expected.

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See it in action. It’s a quick little hunter – the fish didn’t stand a chance.

14
Mar
13

Hasn’t it been quiet here?

I haven’t been very photographic of late. Shan’t go into it. Instead, here’s a few pics.

More Very Nice Clouds

Some lovely clouds…

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Just funny…

Startled Neighbour

Neighbouring cat that seemed very worried by my existence…

Baby Corella

Little squealing baby Corella in Victoria Park, Broadway.




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