This morning I was up by four am. With autumn chill in the air, I rugged up and enjoyed the silence. I could not have been more at peace nor happier. It took the birds another three hours before their birdsong filled the garden. In the dark I reflected on my numerous trips and found myself smiling at the memories. Although I’ve loved every moment of my work travel, I know the joy will be intensified when I return to these places.
Newman, Pilbara mining country, Western Australia
I took this picture a few years ago. Although spring, it was hot. It always is, up north. I recall the sheer joy of acres of flowers. The purple mulla mulla was blooming by the thousands. And, those red Sturt Pea flowers, take my breath away every time I find a clump of them roadside. In harsh mining country, the joy of finding fields of flowers, is a moment I know will experience again.
The simplicity of walking in seagull footsteps is something I will follow again in three words, sea, sky, solitary.
I recall finding the most vivid coloured shells north of Broome in Lombadina, an isolated indigenous coastal community of the Bardi people (‘Salt Water People’).
Although I love collecting shells, somehow I could not bring myself to collect shells at this beach. I had a deep sense they belong to the people that live here.
What was amazing, as my friend and I walked along the shore I thought I heard music, the kind one hears in Bali, not as sharp as the gamelan, but similar tinkling sounds. We stopped and listened, puzzled, there was no one else within sight when we realised, as the tide swept out to sea, the music came from the water swishing through the thousands of shells. It was a sound I have never heard before, or since. Oh! how I wish I had taped it on my phone! I’ve been to this beach a few times but never at a time when the tide is receding, so maybe this, too, will be on my list to do.
The Dinner Tree, Derby, Kimberley region, Western Australia
I have sat by the ‘Dinner Tree’ many times, an iconic historic spot in Derby, far north. This is where the drovers would bring cattle along the flats, stop here for their dinner break before heading to the wharf beyond at Derby Jetty. It is a beautiful boab tree. The flats are expansive and the locals seem to use it to get to their fishing spot at the Jetty at sunset. I’ve enjoyed quiet moments here and wondered how alive it would have been with the sounds of cattle and tired drovers, relieved to be resting after a day in Kimberley heat.
Life could not be more simple these days filled with chores and the trickle of work that comes in steadily. The only travel I do is flicking through photographs. There’s so much more to see and do and the impatient Aries in me has to be calmed, sometimes on an hourly basis.
Going through these photographs I found what I was searching for, my nirvana, that feeling of peace and happiness that comes from being at one with Nature.
It’s back to my reality for now.
a dawn bird
In response to Your Daily Word Prompt – Attain – 19 April 2020