Weekly Photo Challenge: Weightless

10 01 2016

The Northern Territory of Australia is home to many outstanding bird species.  The Whistling Kite is an amazing raptor often found circling overhead, seemingly weightless on the thermal current.  This shot was taken on the Adelaide River as the kites scouted for meat scraps left by feeding crocodiles.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

29 07 2013

This beautiful indoor plant is a masterpiece.  It’s a real plant, not silk or synthetic.   I came across it while browsing through a garden centre.  I like to think each leaf was hand painted by the creator with the emblem of an olive tree.  Pretty cool don’t you think?  A real masterpiece.

Indoor plant

Indoor plant

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

8 05 2013

Last weekend we visited Litchfield National Park, just south of Darwin in the Northern Territory.  It was a glorious day and we found some beautiful places to stop and admire the view before venturing off to swim in a fresh rock pool at the foot of the falls.

Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park: Northern Territory.

Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park: Northern Territory.

 

These two pictures are from viewing platforms above Florence (above) and Tolmer Falls (below).  From that perspective, you can see the vast open spaces that stretch across the land.  Most of the park is inaccessible, even by 4WD, such is the ruggedness of the landscape.  It is amazing country and has a really peaceful vibe.  The rock faces hide and reveal things as the light changes and the trees whisper along with the constant shooooosh of the waterfalls.  It was lovely, calming, peaceful and refreshing.

Tolmer Falls in Litchfield National Park: Northern Territory.

Tolmer Falls in Litchfield National Park: Northern Territory.





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.





Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour

8 04 2013

The Northern Territory of Australia is a vast slab of land.  As a rough guide it is twice the size of Texas, slightly bigger than South Africa and six times the size of the United Kingdom.  The landscape ranges from the arid Central desert region to the tropical “Top End”.  Since arriving in Darwin, the tropics have been in the monsoon season with more rain falling than I’ve seen in a lifetime.  With palm trees a-plenty, you can’t help but notice how lush, fresh and green everything is with the warm tropical rain.  Here is a collection of GREEN from my world.  Please note: none of these photos have been digitally enhanced or manipulated – they come straight from the camera, with a bit of cropping.

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Look with your eyes open

11 02 2013
At the end of the day - sunset at East Point Reserve: Darwin. Northern Territory.

At the end of the day – sunset at East Point Reserve: Darwin. Northern Territory.

Many of us have made our world so familiar that we do not see it anymore.  An interesting question to ask yourself at night is, “What did I really see this day?”

John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom





Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

9 02 2013

I’ve never really felt ‘at home’.  I’ve lived in lots of houses and spent most of my life living in one city but rarely felt ‘at home’ in a place. I wonder what it is like to feel at home somewhere?  Is it tied to a place?  A person? A feeling?  I’m not sure.

This challenge comes at a very interesting time for me.  I’ve just moved house, city and state, changed jobs and moved from the south west of Australia to the Central North coast, in the tropics.  It’s vastly different.  I’m homesick, but it’s not for a place.  I just have sense of yearning, longing for some connection, to feel whole, to feel full, to belong, to feel content but not bored.  As I don’t have a ‘place’ that feels like home, I went through my photos to find some images that made me feel whole.  These images remind me of a time that I felt the most alive, the most settled, clear, and connected with my core. Maybe that’s what it’s like to feel at home?   In the process I’ve realised that I feel most at home when I’m out in nature.  Whether it is hot or cold, I feel most ‘at home’ when I’m away from the bustle of a city and connected to the earth.  I love to feel its rhythm and voice, the raw elements of earth, air and water.  Rocks, trees, flowers and creatures complete the picture.  I am at home in the quiet, natural rhythm of the earth.

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