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poems ~ photographs ~ videos ~ music ~ essais  – through a green lens

I am a writer and photographer, passionate about art and the natural world and deeply concerned about the future.

Wyn and I live beside Jagun Nature Reserve in Gumbaynggirr Jagun [Gumbaynggirr country]. Jagun means home/dwelling.

 

Just out !! VIRUS 2020 – the musical

No, not quite, rather a CD of journal extracts worked into music by John Laidler. Released Oct 1. Check it out here.

VIRUS 2020 ~ a daily journal 

My daily journal of writings and photographs, Virus 2020 started in January, before I knew it was going to become an ongoing project, From March documenting the day became a daily activity, to document the pandemic from a regional and global perspective. I look at both personal and wider social/economic ramifications, but primarily focus on this crisis as an opportunity to appreciate and (as usual) celebrate the natural environment.

We need to use these strange, uncertain times to re-evaluate what is really important, and in a time of lockdown, appreciate what is in our immediacy – the natural world.

From August, this daily journal (not yet uploaded, hoping to re-arrange this site first) concentrates on Natural Aesthetics, a theme frequently mentioned earlier. Natural Aesthetics is a way to cope with the anxiety of lockdown, disease, depression, unemployment and the uncertainty of what lies ahead, a way of enjoying being alive, and also a spur to resetting how we live and recognising the damage we are (all) doing to the natural environment and all life forms.Sawtell, dawn, 16 Aug 

Darter, Nambucca River, 6 Aug

Natural aesthetics is a positive step towards restoring our lost connections for the health of the planet, our society and ourselves.

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Uncle Micklo teaching the crowd a Gumbaynggirr song, with elders present, Sandy Jarrett Greenwood, the Gumbaynggirr camp spokesperson, and guest David Shoebridge Greens MP (far right). 8 June

Bumagin, Gumbaynggirr man arguing. May 15. Logging started in Nambucca State Forest. This council supports logging even after the devastation to habitat caused by November’s bushfires.

White-faced Heron, Miilba, Valla Beach, 15 May

An elegant turn as if on a runway,
unblinking eyes, perpetually wide,
the sleek head delicately textured,
Tang brush-strokes white and blue,
Persian cobalt from the Silk Road
built into a powerful weapon.

Eos, Miilba, Valla Beach, 11 April

In this time of lockdown and physical distancing getting up for Eos is a joy.

Let’s get some perspectives on this pandemic that has reached every country, and which the news doesn’t cover. See COVID-19 and the Cadigal peoples of Sydney and COVID-19 and Lucretius

Sunrise, Valla. In these times of physical distancing Eos has become an even more healthy opportunity. 19 March

Little Corellas are/were an inland species that have started to appear in large flocks on the coast.

2019

8 Nov. New bushfires in our region (70 today, many out of control).New analysis confirms the relationship between climate drivers such as El Niño, climate change and the Australian bushfire season.

Bushfire sunset

 

Young Grey-headed Flying Fox

 

After thirty years in the heart of Sydney, I now live on the Mid North Coast of NSW beside a forest by the sea.

a small Jagun poem
a haiku might grasp
momentarily for ever
the essence of incoming spring
but I’ve just made a photograph
of winter light
graphic on burnt Blackbutt
and stuffed my pockets
with Senna seeds

 

Yaarrijunga-ngarraan galayaam Gumbaynggirr girrwaa garla-ngarraan galagilagunga, gungan gulam jalum galnyarr giiliwaw

I wish to acknowledge the Gumbaynggirr people (nation) and pay respects to the traditional owners and custodians both past and present.