Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dead reckoning

In the morning light my shadow lays out its map of adventures across a trail teasing up memories of wonderful wild walks with snow, mud, lightning, hail, heat and rain in lands near and far.
These adventures of ambulating and cogitating now include pushing baby and pram through the sand............lets keep trekking.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Birdie Birdie


 Snapped this 'Black Masked Wood Swallow' nesting and a 'Figbird' busting up a tree with its bright yellow belly.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Double chopper


Spotted this Chinook on the Cairns Airport aprons with a Blackhawk in tow.
Have not seen a 'Chook' since the 80's when the RAAF flew the C models.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Caravan of the sky'


Found this fab letter box, flying a Cessna Caravan over a hangar. Totally dig the under carriage strut and wheel used to support the actual box....(takes me back to the Old's place with the letter box fitted out as a wishing well)

The Caravan is a great STOL aircraft, a real worker in the rugged wild strips. I have had the pleasure of flying in this aircraft many a time across Arnhem Land, piloted by the Mission Aviation Fellowship crew.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The decline of love and the rise of non freedom.

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Robert Indiana
Love 1967 Screenprint


Trace got me on to ABC radio last night to listen to Richard Flanagan talk about 'the decline of love and the rise of non- freedom.' Richard puts many of our thoughts and observation into an intelligent and eloquent observation of the current state of Australian life.

His observations are worth noticing, even heeding.... to begin to ask questions of ourselves and our government / media apparatus, .............. will our silence in the face of a continued decline of social and individual empathy create a society with monsters like Stalin that attack and beat its own citizens.....his observations make it a real possibility that of a future Australia without love, as evidenced in Australia's political life over the last twenty years which is full of examples that indicate the rise of  'fascist'  attitudes  as well policies of governance in Australia.....thus the decline of empathy..........his examples of the treatment of boat people and the still lingering legislation of the anti terror laws, are examples of government  decline that have already been used to imprison and detain innocent citizens......................Richard talks passionately about the need for courage, a  courage to seek love and  develop empathy as a social vision, and not to surrender to fear..................track his speech the December edition of the Quarterly Essay. ..........

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Strapped to the sky-First Flight


Found these Gliders on the traps ready for launch on the way up to Mossman on the weekend.........that feeling.......flying ...... can cowboys still that funny feeling in my legs again.

I will never forget that first flight off Mt Bright. 

Strapped to the sky- First Flight

the mountain disappearing,
hands free, 
arms stretched out, 
eyes closed, 
strapped to the sky,

Wiggling my toes, 
mountain beneath me
screaming excitedly
holding on tightly,
glider jumping wildly,
letting go,
hands free,
strapped to the sky,

Lowering my legs,
coming down slow,
coming in low,
skimming over a dam,
not part of the plan,
landing on my belly,
cow pads in the grass,
still strapped to the sky.

for those 'skywalkers' aged 2-5 seeking ways to fly, this beauty found below, good hunting 'Trace'. 

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Bone Yard Wrangler

The Bone Yard Wrangler Fin Flash

James Rosenquist's F111 is an aileron of 60's psychedelic pop art that directs us to review our own navigation through the desire machine and our participation in the  advances made within the military industrial complex.  

As a kid I had at least five versions of F111 as model kits and saw many demonstrations at Laverton and Pt Cook. The last time I spotted F111's in action was during the Pitch Black Exercises in Darwin a year ago.

The Bone Yard Wrangler is my favourite RAAF F111 having been resurrected from US military stock at the bone yard or the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) in the 90's. This former member of the US Air Force was a G model which received its haunting fin flash as a result of its escape from the wrecking ball. This aircraft is now on display at the RAAF Museum in Point Cook.

F-111G A8-272. (Paul Sadler)

Monday, September 05, 2011

Listening to the rain


My bro became a Buddhist monk when he was a young fella and I have friends who have been monks and spent years in ashrams meditating on the sacred. 

This public art work in one of the lane ways of Cairns explores the nature of the spirit. In this work , drain pipes flow down from the roof into a collection tank that is the podium for a statue of a meditating Buddha. 

I do like the idea that our soul is nothing more than a drop of rain in the ocean of consciousness......snap......crack........... pop..............listen to the rain and you just might hear the edge of the scared flow like a river into the heart of your own breath.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Banana shop


This stall is a frequent station for banana comfort, yes beautiful yummy organic banana's for sale at prices peeps in the south would die for on the Yarrie Rd...........and for the green thumbs, earth worms to get that garden pumping.

Friday, September 02, 2011

One bridge two waters


Different water, same creek. Fresh and salt water on either side of the bridge on the way out to the Point.

Gaston Bachelard's essay on the imagination and matter in "Water and Dreams' comes to mind, with this........ 'the true eye of the earth is water' and the artist records the blink.