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Works like this compel us to slow down, to savour every word, every nuance. Read this work, then listen to it…. for it is my belief that in the listening, our hearts open. In Old Times, it all was spoken.
by Thomas Davis
She looked at all the red-eyed dragonflies
That hovered on the water of the pond.
Inside the small stone house, just ten years old,
But feeling like she’d lived at least two lifetimes,
She wondered how the dragonflies perceived
Her hugeness when she walked out to the pond
And stared at them, their gauze-like wings and bodies
As red as eyes that bugged out at the day.
Above her on the mountain peaks, in caves
That joined to caves through tunnels dug by dragons,
As large compared to her as she was when
She stood above the darting dragonflies,
The daily noise of dragonkind was echoing
Down rocky slopes, off cliffs too high for humans.
She wondered, looking at the dragonflies,
What she would feel if, suddenly, she grew
A dragon’s leathery wings and felt the power
The dragons felt when spewing streams of fire.
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I was most excited this week to do a trip to the Naracoorte Caves located in the South East of South Australia in the region of the Limestone Coast. I’ve tried to condense things, but it’s still quite a long post for me – in fact, I’ll have to do it in two parts.
This is Part One.
Naracoorte Caves National Park is South Australia’s only World Heritage site. The site was officially recognised in 1994 because of the importance of the fossils in the caves.
The park is home to over 100 known fossil deposits, preserving the bones of megafauna that became extinct roughly 60,000 years ago.
Enter this building, and you can take a trip back into time…….and I can assure you, it’s a great journey!
There is much to see, different tours to take, but on this occasion, I visited first the Victoria Cave.
From the moment I took my first breath of ‘cave air’ I was hooked – it felt just like home to me, and a wonder world of treasures awaited.
The caves are well lit, and the guides incredibly enthusiastic, and well informed. A small group meant that there was time to ask questions, to stop to take photos, and just generally go ooh ahh 🙂
The Limestone deposits have formed over millions of years – I hope I look this good when I get this old…..
The skeletons of two megafauna give scary shadows on the cave wall. These beasts co-existed with Aboriginal people – imagine trying to get away from those carnivorous jaws on the left!
Paleontologists come from all over the world to study and do research on the fossils here. What is visible here, is just a tiny portion of what has been unearthed. Imagine trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle of thousands of pieces and with no idea of what it’s meant to look like. Such is their work.
While down there in the bowels of the Earth, we experienced what it would have been like for the animals who fell into these caves, thousands of years ago. Imagine falling many metres down into a hole and waking up to this.
I made sure I wasn’t going to join them by falling down into this section.
Out on the surface, this is what the land looks like. Caves are still being discovered, sometimes accidently, such as when a heavy vehicle breaks through the thin crust covering over an opening.
Can you imagine the excitement of discovering a cave like this? I think it would be wonderful!
Our guide took us safely back to the centre, and from there I went onto the next tour – to the Bat Observation Centre and Blanche Cave . You can read about this when I do Part Two.
The tour guides are fantastically enthusiastic about their jobs and I think they do a terrific job of educating the public about not only what happened in the past, but on what we can be doing today to ensure the survival of the endangered species in this region.