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Less Is More

Abundant – Word of the Day


Mate, there’s nothing out here, we’re stuffed now. On the way to Jindalee.

To the untrained eye that’s true, but to any of our local indigenous clans, there’s no reason to panic because to the familiar and trained eye, there’s an abundance of food out there, what we call bush tucker.

If you are a meat eater, then kangaroo, emu, wallaby, snakes and lizards, to name a few, are nearby. Quandongs, bush plums, mulga apples, wild orange, and more are nearby. There are also mulga seeds and wattle seeds. Plenty of insects abound, cicadas, witchetty grubs, and various caterpillars. Some sweet things like nectar, especially from the honey ant, and honey from native bees. There’s surface water in the wet season, some soaks and Gorges during summer, and if you dig there’s often water close to the surface near tree roots, and granite outcrops. Then there’s various flax and flat leaved plants you can use for making baskets and any number of containers, trees for shade and shelter, tinder for fire. To the untrained eye – there’s nothing out there. I’m no expert but to my eye and many others, there is definitely an abundance of food and life out there.

“Less is more” is a phrase from Robert Browning’s poem ‘Andrea del Sarto’ (1855). This phrase was popularised by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as the principle of Minimalism in architecture in the 1940s, van der Rohe was a leading figure in the Bauhaus movement. The Aussie bush is vast but sparse, which makes me think it is a living example of Browning’s phrase, less is more.

The sparse bush is deceptive, and yet to those who know, it’s like a magnet that draws you to linger a while and indulge that other abundance – peace. To continue a theme, in the bush there is an abundance of peace, a joyful solitude, a nurturing silence. There is a generous time out in the bush, there is no competition to mark time, no stress in taking time. No wonder many of us say it is a healing space, body, mind and soul. The bush is generous, extravagant, and abundant. It teaches me to live those values. And it teaches me that less is actually more.

maples abundant
black pine a mass of needles
cherry soul-gasm




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via Daily Prompt: Inhabit


Macropus fuliginosus or the Wester Grey Kangaroo (also invariably known as the black faced, sooty, or Mallee Kangaroo) inhabits most of the south of Australia from Kangaroo Island through the southern half of Western Australia. It differs from the Eastern Grey, and the Red Kangaroo. The Eastern Grey doesn’t move beyond the border of Western New South Wales (NSW), but the Western Grey goes as far as NSW. Apparently the two Greys do not interbreed, but do coexist well. Greys can breed twice a year, but the much bigger Red kangaroo (found across the middle of Australia and to the north) only breeds once a year. And there are of course Wallabies, tree and rock kangaroos and Quokkas which are small macropods.

Like the platypus, the kangaroo was a mystery to the early explorers like James Cook (1770) and later Matthew Flinders (1802) were at a loss to classify, even describe adequately, this amazing creature. It famously hops to travel, it is a mammal, a herbivore, and the females rear the young from a pouch (or fold of skin where the females nipples are – and to which the developing joey is permanently attached).

The Kangaroo forms part of Australia’s national animal emblem, but kangaroo meat is also served in restaurants.

The photo above was taken a few years ago when I was at Windy Harbour on the south coast, this particular kangaroo was grazing until I stopped the car and got out to take her pic, then she was alert and ready to bolt away. They don’t trust humans and for good reason, we are its only true predator.



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