I know, I know! Another month has passed, my first blog for the month has finally arrived! It has been a busy one, and coming up to Christmas too, wonderful, I love this time of year. Only one more week before an Aussie summer begins, spring has well and truly set in, rain has ceased! I haven’t taken photos, or written too much this month; this is the first time I have had time to stop and reflect. I am rehashing a much loved photo of an orb spider in her web (Charlotte perhaps) for this new poem I have just finished. It took a while this time; generally I can write poetry very quickly. My mind has been bombarded with work, life and a new grandson. I still struggle with the fact that I am 48 next week and a grandmother, and our grandson is turning one years old next week too! We are off to Melbourne for his birthday party next weekend; a long way to go for a weekend, but worth the trip. Being in Perth, Western Australia has some minor downfalls; we are the most remote city in the world. If a band comes to Perth from the USA or UK, it is a big deal, although it is less of a problem now. It is just so far to come from the Eastern States…. I love the remoteness most times though. The long drives to the country, the clean city, less traffic than Melbourne and Sydney, and more bush land left for wilderness. Here is my well overdue poem, I hope all enjoy!
G’day all! It has been a while, a month to be precise, since I have posted anything! It has been raining madly here in Western Australia. This is rather unusual for us this time of year; though unseasonable weather is becoming the norm, with global warming and the destruction of our intricate ecosystem, mining land and ocean…. etc. We know it all, yet still seem almost deliberately unaware. We went to the beach for our regular walk; Paul took some lovely shots before the rain set in again. Is it spring here? Fragile, chaotic…. Life! Have a lovely day! 🙂
I chose this photograph I took in Patuet in 2009 to create a poem! I have not really considered writing something to a photograph before; generally choosing a photo from our large photographic library to match something I have already written! it was rather interesting; I guess like a painter sitting in a beautiful setting, waiting for inspiration. It was challenging at first, but once the words began to flow, the well was no longer dry!
Paul took this photograph in Kenya at a wildlife park; although the eagle he photographed was not in captivity; it stood atop a eucalyptus tree (ironically, an Australian icon). Africa have several eucalyptus species that were introduced, being grown for timber and fire wood. Unfortunately, the trees have become an invasive species, as most introduced species (flora and fauna) across the world have (when will we learn)?
I took this photo when we were flying from Lokichoggio airport, near the border of Kenya and South Sudan. This airport is where many aid agencies fly from to go to various destinations. We flew in a light aircraft with AIM AIR Kenya http://www.aimair.org/main over the Great Rift Valley, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the Menengai Crater Volcano. It was absolutely amazing. I also had a chance to photograph some farmland and valley views surrounding the crater. I will post some with future poetry.
As followers know, I have been to South Sudan a couple of times to do some work in a lovely village called Patuet. I took this lovely photo of a sunset, typically African. Sadly the trip we were supposed to be going on in April this year was cancelled for agriculture work, as we couldn’t get enough funding for the project to go ahead, so hoping that next year this will be another story. Fortunately the medical team got to go, and did a great job, as usual. I attached this poem I wrote to the photograph I took of the beautiful sunset in Patuet. Lovely memories….
We have been away for the weekend, enjoying some time with our son, daughter inlaw and little grandson in Melbourne (which happens to be on the other side of Australia). I enjoyed the chaos and noise that a young household bring; but am looking forward to some alone time, to thank our creator for everything He has done for us and given to us graciously.
The photo I have linked to my latest poem was taken, once again, in Monkey Mia, Northern Western Australia. The Dolphin Beach Resort we stayed at had resident wild emus roaming the grounds. The resort is a caravan park with areas for tents, caravans and campers and there are chalets on the beach front. The emus love roaming along the beach, so do the pelicans. The wildlife are amazing, I so enjoyed the nature in this serene place. Solitude beckoned, I answered….