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Transformation

Transformation

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Clouds

I wrote this poem back in 2000. As I had said in an earlier post; I have been going through my journals of past poetry; it has been rather interesting watching my writing techniques change and develop over time.  It has been a lovely day, sunny and warm.  Only one more week until winter is over here in Australia, then spring (my favourite season, followed close by summer).  I am not a wintry person; some like to rug up, I like barefoot or sandals and wearing dresses, shorts and happy clothes!  Western Australia also has the best wildflower show of all time!  Go bush, and the amazing array of native flora and the display of colour is majestic!  I have been outside to take some photos of the cloudy sky, rain is coming tomorrow. I thought I’d put this old poem to one of these photos.

Clouds

Created Not Conjured

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)?

Created not conjured

Those who have been following my blog from the beginning know that I love walking through the nearby Yellagonga Regional Park; a protected bush land and lake (Lake Joondalup), not far from our home. Western Australia (particularly the city of Perth) has been really good at keeping protected areas of native bush land interspersed within suburbia. Therefore we get to see native wildlife, from kangaroos through to birds of all kinds, right on our doorstep (this also means getting visits from venomous snakes during the spring and summer months); which is not a problem for me, as I love seeing snakes and other reptiles in the wild. I have written and posted quite a few haiku attached to wildlife photos my husband and I have taken over the last couple of years. Here is a display of four favorites, attached to favorite photos that I have posted in the past.
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Solitude

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….

Solitude

Haiku: Sentinels

I took this photograph at the Yellagonga Regional Park; as those who regularly read my blog know, this is a favourite place of mine to walk and photograph.  I have been laying low this past week; believe it or not, I have a novel on the boil; although I have only recently made my way back to it, putting it on the back burner, as I often do with many things I start ( I think they call it procrastination, correct me if I’m wrong)….

I love birds, particularly Australian Cockatoos.  Pink and Grey Galahs are prevalent across Australia.  They are also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo (Eolophus roseicapilla).  Unfortunately, not all of our Cockatoos are as prevalent.  I have attempted to photograph the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris); sadly this endemic, Western Australian bird is endangered.  This grand bird has a  wingspan of up to 110cm, and can weigh around 520 – 790g (large for a Cockatoo).  It is endemic to the South-West of Western Australia, as it feeds predominantly on native proteaceous plant seeds, such as Banksia, Hakea and Grevillea, and secondarily on seeds from myrtaceous plants such as Eucalyptus and Corymbia.   Major threats to Carnaby’s Cockatoo include clearing of their feeding and breeding areas for housing, destruction of nesting hollows (people using logs for firewood), competition with other species for nesting hollows, and illegal poaching (they are a big-ticket item on the black market).  There are 13 species of Cockatoos in Australia.

I wrote a haiku for this photo I took of the Pink and Grey Galahs I love, although they are prevalent, they are still special.

A BEE STING

I haven’t posted anything for ages, here is another poetry installment!  A silly one at that…. 🙂  I took this photograph at Yellagonga Regional Park in spring.  There is nothing deep and meaningful about this poem; I wrote it a few years ago in jest, after a mishap with a honey bee of the stinging kind.  Some facts about Australian Bees: we have around 1500 native bees in Australia.  Ten of these species are stingless, the rest can sting, although they are not aggressive, and relatively small, so their sting is usually not too much of a worry.  Unfortunately the most commonly known bee in Australia is not native (Apis mellifera); it is the common yellow-brown commercial honey bee.  European pioneers  introduced this bee in 1822 to produce honey for food (these bees are aggressive and real stingers).  Australian native bees don’t produce enough honey for commercial use. They pollinate particular Australian native plants; although stingless bees are efficient pollinators of macadamias and blue banded bees show potential as pollinators of greenhouse tomatoes  (http://www.aussiebee.com.au/croppollination.html).  These particular bees I have photographed are Australian native bees, pollinating Banksia flowers.  Australian stinging bees can sting repeatedly, unlike the European honey bee, which only gets one chance at stinging before it dies.

Haiku: Dragonfly in Spring

Paul took some photos of several dragonflies at the Yellagonga Regional Park.  I once again, connected one of these photos to a new haiku I wrote.  I am enjoying  putting photographs to my poetry.  This was taken in spring last year (not that long ago).  Sadly it is almost the end of summer here in Australia.  Fortuneately, the seasons do not adhere to the man-made calendar.  I am hoping we can enjoy the warm sunshine for a little longer yet.  I saw a green dragonfly the other day, but unfortuneately didn’t get the camera out in time (the excuse of my life)!  So here’s another blue one that Paul caught close up.

 

 

Australia Day Long Weekend

I was given the opportunity to take a 4 day long weekend for Australia Day (January 26th for those not from Australia).  We headed down the south coast of WA, to Busselton to go camping and fishing.  We took some great photos of our trip.  It takes around 2 ½ to make the journey, and is well worth it!  I love the Australian coast, the outback, the rainforests, the eucalypt and banksia woodlands (everything about our extreme land really)!  The trip was a bit of a double-edged sword; cementing the fact that all I want to do now is to retire and spend the rest of my life travelling with my husband, running his fledgling fishing business (sustainable of course), and going off and doing aid projects and volunteer work whenever I want to.  I am torn really….. Still in my mid-40s, with 3 adult children (well our 17 year old is almost fully self-reliant) still all at home; with a mortgage and at least 20 to 30 years of a career in science still on the horizon….. (What to do)?  Nevertheless, I have a great family, a good job and an amazing God leading the way.

We caught some Blue Manna Crabs (Portunus pelagicus) for one of our meals, and another camper (all of whom were incredibly friendly) shared a Tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix) fish from his catch with us.  Every single person who went fishing, fished for food and only took what they needed and bigger than the minimum size limits (this, and the fact that everyone kept each other in line impressed me).   We met people from all over the place in this one little camping ground.  A young couple with a toddler from Holland, travelling around Australia in a camping van, a German couple, some Japanese and Swiss folks (all travelling Australia in cars, vans and caravans).  We also met some great folks from Perth, taking the Australia Day long weekend off to enjoy the south west like us.

The 145-year-old Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, measuring 1841 metres (almost 2kms); it is one of Australia’s most unique eco-tourism sites.  We have taken some good photos of the jetty, it is an amazing walk; and for those who can’t take the walk down to the end and back, a little shuttle train is available for a fun ride (we walked it several times over the weekend, a mean feat in heat ranging from 37⁰C to 40⁰C).  Anyway, enjoy the photos, we enjoyed the time away!  Back to the hustle and bustle of real life tomorrow!

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NOT AN ISLAND

I haven’t had an opportunity to blog my thoughts for well over a week now.  Business busyness has occupied my time up until today!  The weekend has brought yet another warm Australian summers day, with some ominous looking clouds, and a threat of a thunderous summer storm.  I am thankful for  the inconsistencies in the science of meteorology; otherwise we would not have been able to enjoy the beach, watching the yachts, boats and jet skis, and being on the water in our kayaks.  I have also been experiencing some lean times with my poetry writing….. I have been in a slump, a ditch was dug (so to speak)……. By the way I am very apt at digging ditches, fortunately, I have also become very adept at clawing my way out (call it experience)!  Thus, I have written something down today, I will share it before I post some photographs we took today on our jaunt to the beach.

Speaking of photographs: I took one specifically to portray an experience we had (unfortunately we missed the photographic opportunity, due to a slow hand on my part).  There is a photo with a communication tower in the background…..  A Sea Eagle roosts on this tower.  We looked up to see a beautiful Sea Eagle coming from the breakwater, in its’ talons was a large rat.  This breakwater is home to numerous rats, living in the rocky outcrops; it provides an abundant source of food for this very crafty eagle.  Paul and I scrambled for the camera (my phone); alas, missing the opportunity.  We sat and watched from afar, as the bird perched on the tower, devouring its’ prey. It also occurred to us that nobody else on the beach noticed this wonderful sight; it also reminded me that we often seem to be walking  around with blinkers on, missing numerous wonders and opportunities that are, I believe, regularly put in our paths.

NOT AN ISLAND

(Sharon Hughes, 2012)

She spent her life upon a rock, unstable as it was.

Sediment surrounding her, her hapless soul erodes.

Her world is growing smaller, its edges chipped away.

 “Am I an island sinking deep into an abysmal grave”?

A reply came back from deep within, far beyond her reach.

She stretched her neck and steeled her ears – a whisper….

“An island you are not upon, landlocked, no, you are not!

Entwined with other souls you are; you’re not upon a rock!”

She looked about the shrinking stone she’d set herself upon;

and saw a lot of other rocks with land; they linked as one.

Many souls, they felt the same, hands outstretched to grasp.

Extended arms, she reached across, to serve her makers task.

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