Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

13 04 2013

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.

Dragonfly dawn: the change of seasons in the Northern Territory.

For more on the Yolngu people, have a look at the videos made for, and by them at – 12 Canoes  It is a wake-up call to all Australians that this is a culture and heritage we have a responsibility to do whatever we can to help protect and preserve.  Catch up on the Weekly Photo Challenge by the Daily Post HERE.

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13 responses

13 04 2013
Lucid Gypsy

Intriguing insight into both dragonflies and the indigenous people, thank you.

13 04 2013
dadirri7

louise, how wonderful!! incredible photos of the dragonflies … great story about the seasons .. i sat here this morning googling indigenous seasons but could not find anything local … so i went with my dewdrop post … we will see you soon!!!!

13 04 2013
Louise

Fab, it will be great to catch up. Looking forward to talking art, life and all things beautiful. 🙂

13 04 2013
Beauty Along the Road

Louise – beautiful and elegant interpretation of the them “Change.” Thank you for telling us more about aboriginal culture and their deep links and understanding of nature.

14 04 2013
Victoria

That’s a great shot, Louise! And clearly, insightful. The swarms are sacred to me, too. The Dragonfly is one of my totems. We used to drive out to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, in Gainesville, Fl. at dusk, just to watch them, and wait for the Grace of a personal landing, on an arm, or head… They are magical. Thank you for the information on the Yolngu people. Agreed, it is a wake-up call, to everyone, to preserve what remains of our indigenous cultures. We have a lot to learn from them.
Peace, v.

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Heart To Harp

Beautiful shot of the dragonflies, and totally perfect for this challenge.

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Nice capture of the dragonflies.

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14 04 2013
Libby

Beautiful photo.

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