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Live deep…

This little bird danced around in my golden kangaroo paws this morning, drinking nectar as it hopped from stem to stem, trilling sounds of joy in between sips. It was a delight to watch. It reminded me of this Henry David Thoreau quote, which gives me chills every time I hear it in one of my favourite movies, Dead Poets Society: “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” This bird gets it.  

Midweek Moment #62:

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Louise and I have gone in different directions this week with our photos. What is similar though, is that each image has the essence of simplicity. Walking through the rainforest in cold, wet south-western Tasmania, I took the opportunity to get some macro shots before the rain came down again. I had to be quick – the rain was on and off as though someone up above was playing games with me. This shot of a leafy tendril embracing a water droplet is my favourite. The plant is holding on to the droplet for all it’s worth. While there’s a survival element here, it also strikes me as nurturing. It must be that embrace, reminding me of holding on to my children, not wanting to let them go. Maybe it’s because they’re so grown up now … my younger son has just left home and while I’ve spent years holding him tight, I know it’s time to let …

Midweek Moment #61: Lake landscapes

‘Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.’ Wallace Stevens Blue Eyes and I escaped to Tasmania last week for our first holiday of greater than ‘two sleeps’ without our kids. We loved it so much there, we are already talking about going back again in 2017. My camera had such a workout as we drove through varying landscapes, from the high country to the (small) cities. While there, we experienced all weather types, sometimes in one day: rain, sun, hail and even snow. Driving from Queenstown to Tarraleah, we stopped the car for a snow-capped mountain photo op, when we noticed sleet begin to fall. How we danced around in excitement! Like we were children! (Blue Eyes grew up in WA and had never experienced this). But it was to get better. It was snowing by the time we reached Derwent Bridge, but when we reached Tarraleah, Blue Eyes thought the snow wouldn’t make it. I was convinced it would. I woke at 5.30am the next morning, coughing and spluttering (I was …

Midweek Moment #60: Energy from nature

Flowers give energy. Do you agree? This fortnight I’ve been buffeted by crowds of people at work, sapping my energy and draining my desire to do anything but the necessary. During the day, I’d be up and down like a yo-yo, attending to multiple demands for tickets, food, explaining the same things over and over. Each night, sleep eluded me and I’d wonder how I’d stand up the next day and do it all again. And then this morning, as I embraced a day at home and the promise of nearly three weeks’ break, I took time out to breathe the fresh air, feel the warm wind on my skin, and look at how Spring has dressed my garden. These Californian poppies stand tall, day after day despite the wind – and there’s been plenty of that lately. Today, they are my inspiration to dig deeper for energy and keep on going. The wind isn’t going to break me yet. It was hard to decide which photo to share, so I’ve shared two. The soft …

Midweek Moment #59: How fragile we are

This week is one of reflection for Louise and I. I’ve always wanted to see the tulips at Araluen in Spring, but this is the first year I’ve managed to go. As expected, there were loads of people taking photos – selfies (don’t get me started on selfie sticks), close ups of flowers, bobbing down between garden beds and so on. What could I get that was somewhat different? Earlier this week I shared some photos of tulips reflected in water that resemble Monet’s Impressionist artworks. These photos have a soft, almost painted quality that I love and sum up my mood that day – soft and dreamy. The photo I’m sharing today is a sharper reflection of tulips in the frog pond. For me, it speaks to me of the way aspects of life suddenly takes on a sharper focus as priorities shift and change. It’s strange because today I’m feeling meditative and a bit blurred; I’m overwhelmed by a few things going on at home, and what I’m striving for is that clear focus …

Midweek moment #58: Everlasting love

I had a plan. A plan to walk down the hill and take photos of my neighbours’ everlastings. And due to other commitments, I’d settled on Wednesday evening for a quick photo shoot. So, I was surprised when Louise revealed she had taken photos of everlastings already. What should I do? Stick to the plan? Or come up with something else? With little time and a coffee waiting, I stuck with the plan. The wind, however, had other plans. It wanted to make the flowers dance and sway instead of pose prettily. Still, I stuck with the plan, hoping I’d at least get an arty shot out of my attempts to tame nature. Here’s what I came up with: I love the way the petals seem to be floating. It’s an unusual shot but the more I look at it, the more I like it. Down the street from Louise’s house there is a ‘forest of them (everlastings) on a verge’. They cover the whole verge, and have turned a boring streetscape into a floral …

Midweek Moment(s) #56 & 57: The beauty of life

Life swept Louise and I up in a whirlwind last week so we weren’t able to share a Midweek Moment post … but we’re making up for it with a 2-for-1 special. What’s my excuse? A combination of the paid job, running all-day Book Week sessions, Serenity Press meetings, promising I’d finish a scene in my novel … and the need to hang out with my lovely family. I’d taken photos, but needed time to download and process them. My first photo is of a poppy that’s growing in our backyard. It was a little breezy, which is why the image has that Impressionistic, soft-focus effect … but that’s what I wanted. The red bursts out of the image and keeps drawing me back in. It’s almost hypnotic – the soft background makes me think of flowers in a field, rustling in the breeze, and I want to walk there and leave my life-worries behind. My second photo is a lot sharper. Neighbours down the road have a beautiful native garden with everlasting flowers out the …

Midweek Moment #55: Going for gold

Louise and I went for gold this week – were we inspired by the Olympics? My photo is one from the archives as I haven’t been out much with the camera this week. Nor did I watch much of the Olympics. Too busy writing! I’m not a lover of hot weather. Summer drains me, and I long for cooler days. But when my hands are too cold to type and I drink copious cups of tea just to warm them up, I start to feel that yearning for a little warm bite in the air. This morning that’s not the case, and has a touch of chill, but this photo tells me that warmer days are coming. Just looking at it, with its golden glow and dark shadows, makes me feel warmer. Although, that could also be the heater that is currently warming my feet. Louise was also taken by the sunset light. She says: ‘At the lake where I walk, there’s gap in the fence, and if I nip through I can follow a dirt track that takes me past …

Midweek Moment #54: Rain, shine and nature

Rain and shine … this week, Louise and I have taken photos reflecting both weather conditions. Last weekend Blue Eyes and I took advantage of spring-like weather and drove to York, not quite two hours from where I live. We were on a mission to find wildflowers. It took more than two hours to get to our final destination but that’s because we kept stopping to take photos. The canola was in full glory and I took photo after photo of sweeping fields of gold. I chose this photo because the sprig of canola pops out from the field. As for other wildflowers, in particular the fields of everlasting daisies I’ve heard so much about, it looks like they are yet to bloom in this area. Another week or so, and I think the area will be bursting with colour. Louise says the weather can’t make up its mind lately, changing from rain to sunshine to rain again. One day it’s warm enough for short sleeves, and the next it’s wild and wet again, and out come the winter woollens. …

Midweek Moment #53: moments of reflection

“Live as intensely as possible, burn your candle of life from both ends.” ― Osho, And The Flowers Showered Discourses On Zen Often I feel like I’m burning the candle more than I can handle. There’s so much going on – author talks, planning for Book Week workshops at schools, my paid job, Serenity Press work, my novel … and of course, my loved ones need my attention, too. Finding the balance is hard and on those occasions you fail, there’s the guilt. While there are times I fall in a heap and need a bit of time out, I’m usually able to pick myself up pretty fast, and get back on track. Why? I want to live an intense life. I want to feel – to laugh, cry, imagine, talk, read, write … I want to DO. And sometimes I want to BE. But, since I’m someone who 99% of the time has to be doing something, that is how I be. Can you relate? While Blue Eyes rinsed the dishes after a candlelit …