There are Places

“It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the [...]

Forever Summer

Here, in this land across the mountains and far from the sea, I found sun bleached dry grass plains and a sky of intense azure blue A wide river with red soil banks of eucalypt and willow providing dappled shade; dragonflies and midges hovering at midday above languid pools. Pelicans and screeching black galahs flying [...]

The Departure of Shadows

Then you think that the Darkness is coming? said Eowyn. 'Darkness unescapable?' 'No', said Faramir, looking into her face ..... 'The reason of my waking mind tells me that great evil has befallen, and we stand at the end of days. But my heart says nay; and all my limbs are light, and a hope [...]

Breathing Clouds

“When you beat a drum, you create NOW .... when silence becomes a sound so enormous and alive it feels like you're breathing in the clouds and the sky, and your heart is the rain and the thunder.” Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being   Storm cell approaching Dubbo, Central West NSW on Boxing [...]

The Gathering of Day

“Aragorn looked at the pale stars, and at the moon, now sloping behind the western hills that enclosed the valley. 'This is a night as long as years', he said. 'How long will the day tarry?' 'Dawn is not far off', said Gamling, who had now climbed up beside him. 'But dawn will not help [...]