Category Archives: TREES

A tree does not move unless there is wind. Afghan

http://www.gardendigest.com/trees.htm

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   THE DEVIL OF THE PICNIC TREE

If seen from treetop level

the world is far enough away to kill you

with a fall. Be more careful than the bird.

david rowbotham

http://www.qct.com.au/rowbotham/australian.html

foto – tree in ulmarra with bird

In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin; a grass-blade’s no easier to make than an oak. James Russell Lowell

http://www.gardendigest.com/trees.htm

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SILENTLY

I meetYour non-existence

I touch grass

Leaves of trees

A stone

But yearnFor Your touch

Lidija Šimkutė
(born 1942)

http://www.efn.org/~valdas/simkute.html

foto – tree at the towers in ulmarra

The answer to the question, lies in the eyes of the beholder. Because their perspective on life, colours the solution. Rosemary Winters

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Plant not a palm tree in a house

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf05.iii.iii.iv.xxiii.html

foto – palm trees in bilambil ‘09

He that would have a bad morning let him walk out in a fog after a frost.

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Mystery magnifies danger as the fog does the sun.

Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and … (1887)

foto-Ulmarra Timber Mill on Coldstream Street. Winter’s morning 09.

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NORTHERN BELLES

Boys must not have the ambitious care of men. Nor men the weak anxieties of age.

The Cyclopædia of Practical Quotations: English and Latin, with an Appendix Containing Proverbs …" 1882.

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Origin of Yew Trees being planted in Church Yards. Before the invention of gunpowder, and use of fire-arms, every parish in England was obliged to have yew trees in their church yards, the branches of which were made into bows for the use of the archers ; and to this it is owing that in many of those places we find yew trees still growing ; al- though the use of shooting with bows has long been discontinued in the armies of Europe.

"Curious Antiquities, Or, The Etymology of Many Remarkable Old Sayings, Proverbs, and Singular …"

There’s a snake lurking in the grass. Virgil

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EXTRACT FROM 
SINGING THE SNAKE
(A poem of Ayers Rock)
Take time to look, look again -
feel the land through your feet;
the Snake will not harm those
who show the proper respect.
Those who rush in must be strangers.

"It will attack strangers."
http://www.geocities.com/stoneking31/snake.html
FOTO - SNAKE IN WEE GARDEN BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2006

A dead elephant cannot be covered by a lotus leaf. THAI.

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Extract from the Song Cycle of the Moon Bone

The Evening Star goes down across the camp, among the white gum trees …

Far away, in these places near Milingimbi

Goes down among the Ngurulwulu people, towards the camp and the gum trees,

At the place of the Crocodiles, and of the Evening Star, away towards Milingimbi …

The Evening Star is going down, the Lotus Flower is on its stalk …

Going down among all those western clans …

It brushes the heads of the uncircumcised people …

Sinking down in the sky, that Evening Star, the Lotus …

Shining down on the foreheads of all those Sandfly people …

It sinks there into the place of the white gum trees, at Milingimbi.

Sung by the Wonguri-Mandjigai people, translated by Ronald M. Bernd

http://archives.univ-lyon2.fr/112/1/10_a_Australian_Poems_toward_Reconciliation.pdf

FOTO – BRISBANE BOTANICAL GARDENS. LOTUS GARDEN 2007

No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning. Cyril Connolly.

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I can remember walking as a child. It was not customary to say you were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the expedition.
Katherine Hepburn

FOTO – MORRIS STREET PADDINGTON BRISBANE 2007

Think of friends like great trees, leafy limbs that come around us and spread over us and bring shade from the sun, and from the blast of adversity, and from winter’s wind of loneliness – a great sheltering tree. That is a friend. DR ROGER BARRIER.

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“Like the trees, we are visitors, guests of earth. The light shines down, and a bud breaks, branches give way before us, a book’s leaves open, and our eyes look, look again. We are a grove, companions spared to be on earth at the same time. The trees – though not our kind – are kin, elder relatives standing to greet us.”
Kim Stafford, from “Tree of All Trees” in Entering the Grove.

http://www.dancingwithtrees.com/quotations.htm

FOTO – BELL LAND AT CONDONG NSW 2008

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. Audre Lorde

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Thank God I have the seeing eye, that is to say, as I lie in bed I can walk step by step on the fells and rough land seeing every stone and flower and patch of bog and cotton pass where my old legs will never take me again.  Beatrix Potter.

FOTO – FROM BILAMBIL NEAR TERRANORA RESORT LOOKING SOUTH

We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Benoit Mandelbrot The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1977

Why is geometry often described as cold and dry? One reason lies in its inability to describe the shape of a cloud, a mountain, a coastline, or a tree. Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line. Nature exhibits not simply a higher degree but an altogether different level of complexity.

FOTO – MT WARNING FROM BILAMBIL. VOLCANO.

If you fool with the tumble-turd bug, you are apt to be spattered.

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Of what use, however, is a general certainty that an insect will not walk with his head hindmost, when what you need to know is the play of inward stimulus that sends him hither and thither in a network of possible paths?
George Eliot

ARTHROPOD PROVERBS


Donald W. Hall
Dept. of Entomology & Nematology
University of Florida

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/proverbs.htm

foto – mob’s bug in bilambil 2009

I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have, to detect the music, not of the spheres, but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that the wind strikes upon the tree branches. Have you ever heard the earth breathe? Kate Chopin

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দেশর লািঠ এেকর োবাঝা/ dasher lathi eker bojha (ten men’s sticks are one man’s load, meaning sharing makes the task simpler) BANGLADESH.

Standing beyond a wire fence, in weeds, against the bush that is like a wandering smoke. Robert Gray.

 

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They know, they just know where to grow, how to dupe you, and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants, they just know, and therefore, I’ve concluded weeds must have brains. Dianne Benson, Dirt, 1994

http://www.quotegarden.com/weeds.html

FOTO – WEED IN BILAMBIL 2009 M.O.B.

Mountains have a grand, stupid, lovable tranquillity. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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I’ve been up the mountain and I had a choice. Should I come down? So I came down. God said, ”Okay, you’ve been up on the mountain, now you go down.You’re on your own, free. Check in later, but now you’re on your own.”   Bob Dylan

FOTO – MT WARNING FROM KYOGLE ROAD AT UKI 2008

Criticizing another’s garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own.

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I suppose,’ thought Harriet, ‘she had one of those small, summery brains, that flower early and run to seed.’ 

Dorothy L Sayers, Gaudy Night

FOTO – ARMIDALE GARDEN 2006