25 August 2016

Brindle Creek

These Gondwanan Rainforests of Australia are the most extensive swathes of subtropical rainforest left on Earth - cloaking the caldera of a 23 million year old extinct volcano.

There really are no words for the beauty and energy of this sacred place.

In ecology the edge where two ecological communities overlap is known as an 'ecotone' - the McPherson ranges forms a kind of larger scale bio-regional ecotone - which is known as the Macleay-McPherson overlap, a phyto-geographical zone characterised by the presence of both tropical and temperate species.

Many of the plants that occur here are at the limits of their distributions, such as the Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus moorei) an ancient temperate rainforest genus once found growing on the continent of Antarctica - they've retained their niche in the high altitude sections of the Border Ranges National Park. This area is listed as one of the worlds mega biodiversity hotspots and is World Heritage listed thanks to the legendary efforts of earlier conservationists to preserve and protect this place forever.

You can return to this place in an instant 

a thousand times more alive than your most prized photograph, your most lush high definition video captured moment, your most creative conceptual understanding of its eco-systemic-ness. 

Moss dripping from old volcanic rocks cloaked in rainforest leaves you thirsty for much more than just pure mountain water. 

There is something up there which is both pre and post historic ~ old, ancient, yet timeless~ existing right now as a field of energy entirely unto itself. 

hidden realms of pure ecology.

If you can just manage to be still for a moment - alone - you will feel it.

3 October 2015

When despair for the world grows in me

"When despair for the world grows in me
and i wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty

on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.

I come into the presence of still water.

And feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light.

For a time

I rest

in the grace of the world, and am free."

- Wendell Berry

20 September 2015

A Time Travellers Tales

I'll let you in a little secret - it's not uncommon that I am overwhelmed with emotion when I'm flying - I shed a little tear more often than not. It's a mix of mourning our transforming world, sudden and deep nostalgia for different time-lines (people and places) and pure elation at simply being alive and existing on this planet we call Earth.

It's almost like downloading something - upgrades for the journey ahead, or perhaps de-fragmenting and processing the path just walked.

There's something about being up so high - the wide angle view of life - the eagles sight.

I find that the moment between new chapters contain a lot of energy for change, growth, reflection.

It's like - we get to put the book down and take a breath - where is this story going?

A service on the spirit, of sorts.

Sometimes we get caught up in the forest trails of life - tangled in the undergrowth.

From time to time we have to sit back and view the forest canopy from above the valley - climb a tree or perch ourselves above a rock - get a landscape view of the journey being walked - before heading back down the trail.

It feels like foundations are being put down for a building that I don't have a design for - and yet it still exists, in some kind of living, organically evolving state of becoming. Little flashes of it's 3 dimensional structure appear from time to time.

After 2 weeks back in Sumatra - I'm about to leave for Singapore to apply for another 6 month social culture visa - after which I will return to Indonesia for the rest of 2015.

It's very much like being in a space between realms - where I feel more then ever like a time-traveler.

From the villages along the border with the Leuser ecosystem - a 2.6 million hectare protected area in North Sumatra and Aceh - to the South East Asian mega city of Singapore.

Fires are raging across Sumatra and Borneo - visibility is greatly reduced - the air thick with smoke.

2015 and forests are still being leveled - scientists call this the 6th major extinction episode in Earths history, entirely caused by human activity.

Oh if I could be a time-traveler and see where this is all heading - ask my grandchildren for some guidance - what on Earth would they say?

And every now then - whilst time traveling - I get a little glimpse at at the mechanics behind this universal projector - and then, like a dream in the morning after sleeping in, it is forgotten instantly, with fast fading black and white imprints of intangible explanations the only impression to go by..

a flickering lamp, a phantom and a dream.