Posts Tagged ‘nature

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.

31
Dec
13

Featured on RedBubble

Two recent photos have been featured on RedBubble:

meerkats

Watcher, and:

chimpanzee mother baby

Mother’s Love.

Always nice to get appreciation 😀

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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meerkats

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

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meerkats

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:

Komodo dragon baby

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.

Komodo Dragon

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.

08
Sep
13

All about the shapes

A black and white selection today from some photographs that I took last weekend.

 

I had walked through the city, behind the Art Gallery and into the Botanic Gardens realm.

Behind the Art Gallery

I’m only showing this selection for now because I’m still working through the collection of the day, but after I put these up a theme wasn’t difficult to discern: shapes.

And specifically, levels of comfort with these shapes. The first two, nice and smooth:

 

smooth marble

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smooth marble

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And the other two decidedly more spiky:

spiny plants

Ladder

spiky plants

Old Dangers

I’ve uploaded these to RedBubble and you can see them there by clicking the pictures here.

Funny, as I sit and type I can smell the gardens all over again.

 

01
Apr
13

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




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