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Varnish

via Daily Prompt: Varnish

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I don’t know how long the sign has been there, I’m guessing thirty years, but it could do with a clean and some fresh varnish. On the one hand I’d like to leave the lichen undisturbed, on the other hand, the sign is slowly disappearing and it is crucial to the trail directions. It represents the constant dilemma of balance in eco relationships. What is really so important that one life form must surrender to another? Maybe I’ll leave off the varnish.

Paul,

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Ormiston Gorge

via Daily Prompt: Gorge

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A popular tourist stop along the West MacDonnell Ranges is Ormiston Gorge, probably because it is the most accessible water hole to visit along the route. It was also the largest body of water out of all the gorges we visited, the bird-life was vast, and there were fish as well. Ormiston is picturesque and very attractive, and is an oasis in a rugged landscape. I find it very restful when wilderness travelling to encounter a gorge or a creek, something about water and life, a sense of security maybe, but more than that pleasure and hope. The rich texture and the colour of the ancient rock, and the bush around, is a contrast to the sand and water. The water is restful on the eyes and ever cooling. The bird calls a sign of life and future, there is new life birthing here. And our friends the trees ever breathing for us. A beautiful experience to be treasured. A veritable feast to gorge our eyes on the gorge before us.

Paul,

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In a Heartbeat

via Daily Prompt: Tenterhooks

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Wading in the water that day I saw a fin, then two, then three. My heart skipped a beat, on tenterhooks as they say. It pays to double check of course, just in case they’re here for dinner. But no, as I thought, they’re a family of dolphins that come into the Hardy Inlet regularly, and travel up river for some considerable distance, entertaining the walkers and the river users no end. There’s been a family of dolphins in the river now for as long as I can remember, such a joy to see. Nowadays my heart skips a beat in the hope of seeing them.

Paul,

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Rock of Ages

via Daily Prompt: Age

The New Age (whatever that’s meant to mean, usually a load of ignorance about matters that revolve around spirituality and philosophy), an aged wine or whiskey, the maturing we embrace or endure depending on what day it is and our perspective. Age is relative.

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Rock of ages. You can see the weathering of extreme heat and cold, rain and wind on these sandstone formations. Landform created by erosion. Tough, but yet soft enought to mould. Up close they are a complexity of form, standing back they are a work of art, a great sculpture. A bit like humanity really, weathered, matured with age, complex, a work of art. The rock is a metaphor too.

Paul,

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Sparkle

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Lots of things sparkle. What we call sparklers, or really low grade welding sticks that light up with a match and sparkle in the dark. I really miss what we used to call fire works night (November 5) or Guy Fawkes Night (Gun powder, treason and plot), I really miss fireworks night, all those smells and colours and sounds, we’ve become a true nanny state in banning them. We forget there’s a risk even in getting out of bed in the morning – perhaps they’ll ban getting up every morning 🙂

Flowers also sparkle, like a living impressionist, even expressionist, painting.

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Taken near Nungarin at Talgomine reserve at the height of wildflower season, the photo doesn’t quite capture the sparkle, but I can assure you they do. A bit like us really, what you see on the outside sometimes belies what’s on the inside, we all sparkle, but you have to get to know in order to really know. Knowing is seeing.

Paul,

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Bite

via Daily Prompt: Bite

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(Photo: Hayden Cannon)

Don’t bite me! But you won’t if I don’t provoke you and try to pick you up. Another blue tongue or Bobtail lizard, sunning and soaking up the heat. which is, in essence, a life lesson for us all. If we leave people alone, if we don’t provoke or interfere where we are not wanted, there’d be less biting between people.

Paul,

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Knit

via Daily Prompt: Knit

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Moss and wood a marriage of sorts,  knit together in a lasting, mutual, relationship. The wood is dead, yet it gives life, while the moss is life and forms a wonderful eco network. It had just rained and petrichor was working my nostrils yet again, and the peaty smells were heavy in the air. Not only that, they give pleasure to the eye, and the touch of a hand. Eros and Psyche are perhaps lingering up ahead …

Paul,

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