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Tags: Darwin, markets, Northern Territory, sunset
Categories : Australia, Life, Weekly Photo Challenge
Mindil Sunset Markets are a drawcard for visitors and residents across Darwin in the Northern Territory. A vibrant food market gathers under the coconut palms along the foreshore late on a Sunday afternoon during “The Dry” season. People come for the atmosphere, a stroll through the crowd on a balmy evening, some fantastic food from a hawker’s stall and to watch the sun set over Mindil Beach. Some have made it a tradition to meet, eat and sit for a while. It’s a lovely spot and the beach is always busy with people enjoy the warm night. We ventured down to the markets a few weeks ago and I love this photo I took of me snapping my friends snapping the sunset, in the background.
Mindil Beach Sunset; Darwin, NT.
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Tags: australia, Darwin, dragonfly, monsoon, Northern Territory, seasons
Categories : Inspiration, Life, Nature, Weekly Photo Challenge
After a Wet (monsoon) Season that has not been very wet, we’re now awaiting the change of seasons in the Northern Territory of Australia. The Yolgnu indigenous people of East Arnhem Land recognise six distinct seasons in the “Top End” rather than the three seasons that us white fellas interpret as The Wet, The Dry and The Build-up. The Yolgnu live close to the land and know it intimately in a way we can only respect and struggle to understand. To them, this period of ‘after-the-wet-and-not-quite-the-Dry” is known as the season of Mirdawarr when the winds change, floodwaters recede and the fish are plentiful.
I took an early morning drive out to East Point Reserve this week. It is on the west coast near Darwin city. After viewing the beautiful west coast sunset last month, I wanted to see the early morning, east light. I wasn’t disappointed. It was quiet and still, a warm gentle breeze made its way across the cliff face. The delicate and cool east light crept towards the shore line. And I was alone to enjoy it.
At the same time, the dragonflies were swarming. Not just one or two, but swarms – dozens, possibly hundreds. It was a spectacular and almost sacred sight. They swarmed in and around me and a couple landed nearby on a woody shrub. These delicate creatures go through amazing changes in their lives from larvae to nymphs to intricate flying machines. They tell us the Wet is over and the best is yet to come. May it be so.
Dragonfly dawn: the change of seasons in the Northern Territory.
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Categories : Australia, Inspiration, Life, Random, Weekly Photo Challenge
This week, we capture a moment in time. Something that holds the promise or portent of the future. I was reminded of this photo I took when leaving Perth, prior to our move to the Northern Territory. It’s a moment in time – so many things to look forward to, so many things being left behind. I had no idea then what the future would hold. I’m still not sure. But that’s what risks are all about.
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