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.
foto – tree in ulmarra with bird
Plant not a palm tree in a house
foto – palm trees in bilambil ‘09
Mystery magnifies danger as the fog does the sun.
foto-Ulmarra Timber Mill on Coldstream Street. Winter’s morning 09.
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.
(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."
FOTO - SNAKE IN WEE GARDEN BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2006
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
FOTO – BRISBANE BOTANICAL GARDENS. LOTUS GARDEN 2007
“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.
FOTO – BELL LAND AT CONDONG NSW 2008
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.
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?
foto – mob’s bug in bilambil 2009
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
FOTO – WEED IN BILAMBIL 2009 M.O.B.
Koel near window,
wakes me up calling his friends;
welcome, dawn herald.
FOTO – BILAMBIL DAWN 2005
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