Where does the dance begin?

Where Does the Dance Begin, Where Does It End?

Don’t call this world adorable, or useful, that’s not it.
It’s frisky, and a theater for more than fair winds.
The eyelash of lightning is neither good nor evil.
The struck tree burns like a pillar of gold.

But the blue rain sinks, straight to the white
feet of the trees
whose mouths open.
Doesn’t the wind, turning in circles, invent the dance?
Haven’t the flowers moved, slowly, across Asia, then Europe,
until at last, now, they shine
in your own yard?

Don’t call this world an explanation, or even an education.

When the Sufi poet whirled, was he looking
outward, to the mountains so solidly there
in a white-capped ring, or was he looking

to the center of everything: the seed, the egg, the idea
that was also there,
beautiful as a thumb
curved and touching the finger, tenderly,
little love-ring,

as he whirled,
oh jug of breath,
in the garden of dust?

from Why I Wake Early (2004) Mary Oliver

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Over the next little while, I’ll be adding photos which I think compliment the wonderful poetry of Mary Oliver.

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Where does a goanna go?

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It was a warm day out bush, and while walking along a track at Rawnsley Park, I heard a quick rustle off to the side.  Hmmm…… caution…. it could be a snake…..can you see it?

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Ah, a young goanna I was pleased to see, just fossicking about in the undergrowth.  We soon established a respectful distance, and I was able to photograph it as it went about it’s business.

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More about this creature.  And Here. And if you’re wanting some bush tucker.….here’s how to cook it.

For those who enjoy a song, here’s a fun one to sing along to 🙂

http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/media/151802/goanna-song

There’s even a delightful children’s book “Anna The Goanna” .

The very first time I ever saw a goanna, was when I was on a working holiday as a teenager, over on Kangaroo Island.  I was riding a horse along the beach, when suddenly the huge lizard appeared from behind some rocks! It was well over a metre in length.  Not sure which of the three of us got the biggest surprise!  Alas, such pursuits are no longer allowed on the Island…..

Since that time I’ve seen many goannas, in a variety of situations, including one climbing a gum tree to rob bird’s nests, and yet it’s the first that is strongest in my memory 🙂

 

Reflecting

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Last Saturday, Fred and the cats and I moved into a rental for the summer, in the town of Quorn – a town within easy access of the Flinders Ranges

It’s an old stone house, recently renovated, and mostly furnished, and suits our needs for a cool place during the region’s long hot summers.  Now I can’t remember just how many years it is since I lived in a town…. and after months on the road, it certainly is a change! However, it’s a friendly town, with a nice vibe, and I have great neighbours – one of whom was instrumental in me having this place.  Finally I’ve had a chance to give the van a good clean out, and soon I’ll set her up again ready to take off at a moment’s notice – when the call to explore is too strong to ignore!

There are several parks to visit nearby, that I’ve earmarked for the cooler days, and coming soon I hope, a trip on a heritage railway.

I also intend to catch up on lots of blogging about the many and varied places we’ve visited, including a recent 4-wheel drive tour I went on, which took me places the van wouldn’t be happy with 🙂

Meanwhile, there are a great many photos to sort and edit and compile………….

By the way, my back door looks out to the rising moon 🙂

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Fascinating fasciation

In a serendipitous manner I found this example of fasciation while out walking in the Flinders Ranges, with the main task of finding landscape shots.  What makes it truly amazing was that it followed shortly after this wonderful post by my friend Linda on her blog The Task at Hand. The plant is known as onion weed – an imported weed that is taking over the native pastures.  Still, in this instance it was worthy of a second look.

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In the twist, weather conditions weren’t favourable for the landscapes I was seeking although the walk was great.

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Taking the road less travelled

Here’s a selection of by-roads in the Flinders Ranges, SA.  I’m considering putting together some calendars of my travels, with different themes – this selection being The Road Less Travelled, as homage to the book of the same name.

Any feedback, most appreciated, especially any that you think don’t measure up 🙂

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They are numbered one to thirteen from top to bottom.  I’ll be back into the area again shortly and will be adding to my collection but needing to start shortlisting images. 🙂