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A tree of life

“We trust nature to know what it is doing, but we are not nearly so kind, understanding and trusting of our own rhythms and cycles. It’s ridiculous that we are so hard on ourselves. Can we not trust that the very same forces that created the rhythms and cycles of nature created our own? Of course we can. We often don’t, but we can, if we remember.”
Jeffrey R. Anderson, The Nature of Things – Navigating Everyday Life with Grace
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The Duck Pond

One of the first things we noticed when we arrived in Redland Bay was the beautiful “Duck Pond”. We have since spent some beautiful afternoons walking around the boardwalk and finding the myriad of life forms the area was teeming with. One of the intriguing sites from the lookout was the trunk of a huge tree. I have since found out it was a giant Jacaranda tree which was covered by a carpet of purple blooms each spring.

However, that was far from the sight I saw from the lookout. It was a huge dead trunk. It seemed somehow sad to see such a magnificent tree slowly dying, branches pointing towards the heavens but still standing tall and proud.

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The old dead tree

At the very top was an unusual ‘U’ shaped pair of branches, almost like a crown. I could see the tree in its glory days, flowers waving in the breeze like a bejewelled crown on its ‘head’. It didn’t seem to matter what the light was like, the dead tree had a majesty unique to itself.

Deciding to take a different walk one afternoon we walked towards the old tree. There were raucous screeches coming from the tree, more sqawks, strident and ear splitting and occasionally a soft cooing sound.

Walking along and looking into the heavens along a pitted footpath is a sure fire way to turn your ankle, which is what I did. However, perched on a fence post I had the opportunity to really take a good look at the dead tree trunk. Far from being dead the tree was actually brimming with life. Life of a far different kind.

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Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

There were Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Major Mitchell Cockatoos and Eastern Rosellas. At the very top of the tree, to the right side were a strange looking pair of birds I was sure I’d seen before. Camera at the ready I saw an amazing sight – a pair of Coucal, nesting in the hollow in the top of the tree. Their long tail made it easy to recognise them from the first time we saw them on the Gold Coast.

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Rosellas

Each cavity in the dead stump had been claimed by a pair of nesting birds. There was a cacophony of sound as we moved along the path to pass the dead tree stump. Entranced we spent an age simply watching the birds fly back and forth and after taking a careful look around, hopping into their own particular ‘hole’. As long as we were in sight of the tree the sentinel, the Cockatoo keeping watch, made a raucous call to warn everyone strangers were around. The local magpies and crows were chased away quickly by a horde of colourful denizens of the dead tree.

We have been back several times now, and although we can hear the chirping of many babies, my camera isn’t strong enough to get a picture of the babies in their nest. What has been wonderful, for me, is realising that this dead tree stump has as much life in it now as it did in its heyday – just very different.

In so many ways that old dead tree is symbolic of life. Just as it began as a small seedling and took time, food and water to grow, until it reached its full potential, so do we. It went through so many stages in its growth before it reached its mature state, had to stand strong and tall before wind and weather, sun, rain, hail and cold. Yet it survived and produced a magnificent display of flowers year after year. Who knows how it ended its life as it now is? I was unable to find out, but it has obviously been severely cut back and hasn’t recovered.

It hasn’t recovered to its former glory, but has become home to so many other creatures, many more than I could see. There would be bugs and beetles, spiders and ants, perhaps even a tree snake. It is still a wonderful example of life adapting to diversity. As we do during times of crisis or great change.

Like life’s ending when we move on to another sphere of existence as spirits, so too has the tree moved on to another phase of its life cycle. There is a calm symmetry to the rhythm of life as I watch the old tree and its denizens and think on the changes in my own life, in life in general. Nothing lasts in its current form eternally. Eventually everything leaves its current form and becomes something new and different, its next phase of life.

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The circle of life

During the hard times, painful times, sad times and joyous times, there is a profound truth to the reality of the Cycle of Life. I’m more than happy with that.

“Life can be magnificent and overwhelming — That is its whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live.”
Albert Camus  An Absurd Reasoning

Other photos: http://www.josephinewallart.co.uk, http://www.developmentsolutions.org.uk,
blog.asiantown.net

Blessings, Susan♥

© Susan Jamieson, 2014

 

 

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“Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge.” Henry Miller
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And Pigs may indeed fly before our Government accepts our farmers know how to manage our land better than they do with all their regulations.

And Pigs may indeed fly before our Government accepts our farmers know how to manage our land better than they do with all their regulations.

image courtesy of   onegreenplanet.org

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I’m pretty disgusted with the ad hoc manner in which the current Governments, both State and Federal, decide, without any discussion with the Australian people, to sell off the land and resources of Australia to overseas conglomerates and interests.  These are my opinions and thoughts on what has happened to Australia over the years.
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It doesn’t seem to make much difference these days how hard people try to make our world, our lives, our way of living better, more environmentally friendly, more responsible to thoughts of the future, the government, in their ultimate insanity continue to stifle the work of the many to make the few more disgustingly rich and powerful than ever before.

Let’s take a small look at the changes we’ve seen over the years.

Work was hard and backbreaking.  There were no modern conveniences then.

Work was hard and backbreaking. There were no modern conveniences then.

image courtesy of    envirohistorynz.com

Today, modern farming methods ensure that the land is cared for and produces crops with all the concern for land care that we need.  The mistakes of the past have been learned from and farmers of today are true pastoralists. They are not pretty pictures on a canvas but hardworking and forthright people, managing the land for us and for the welfare of future generations.  However, if this land is sold to overseas conglomerates, without thought for the impact it will have on future generations of Australians, then one must ask the question – Who are the Australian Government thinking of?  Certainly not for today, nor for tomorrow but for the hip pockets of those officials who stand to gain from the pillaging of Australia.

Modern day techniques increase the yield to produce sufficient crops to feed the nation.

Modern day techniques increase the yield to produce sufficient crops to feed the nation, and much more.

image courtesy of alp.org.au

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Let’s see how the mining industry stacks up.

Early mining conditions in Australia

Early mining conditions in Australia

image courtesy of        www.rwlwater.com –

There have been hundreds of lives lost over the years as the mining industry has struggled to make a fair profit off the backs of its hard working miners.  With the new technology profits have burgeoned, yet  we see sales of land for mining and exploration going overseas and any benefit to Australia is washed away like the slag down the sluices of old.

Modern mining machinery bores into the earth in excess of anything early miners ever contemplated. The ravaging of the earths resources has increased a million fold.

Modern mining machinery bores into the earth in excess of anything early miners ever contemplated. The ravaging of the earths resources has increased a million fold.

image courtesy of     www.thebull.com.au  

Now we are faced with a new threat, one which has the capacity to affect  more people than ever before.  Little thought or consultation has been given to the Australians who own the lands these leases are granted over.  It is deplorable that a large (or small) mining company can apply in one municipality for a lease to explore for CSG in another municipality so that the people living there are unable to find out what has been done. Such underhanded tactics are reprehensible.

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Science has prided itself on thorough testing before any drugs are released for human use and yet we see this abomination called ‘fracking’ being allowed.   The effect fracking will have on the earth, the water tables and ourselves is almost unquantified, except for the havoc it has wreaked throughout the USA Mid West.  It is tantamount to testing on humans and animals and our whole environment.  Could there be grounds for massive compensation suits in years to come? I would hope this is stopped before it gets anywhere near that stage.

Fracking the hell out of the earth until they achieve hell on earth.

Fracking the hell out of the earth until they achieve hell on earth.

image courtesy of thewatchers.adorraeli.com

Seismic fault lines throughout Australia.Our continent is not as secure and geologically stable as we have been led to believe.

Seismic fault lines throughout Australia. Our continent is not as secure and geologically stable as we have been led to believe.

image courtesy of  cooberpedyregionaltimes.wordpress.com

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Is there any correlation between the increase in seismic activity over the past few years with the increase in fracking around the globe? I, for one, have serious concerns about fracturing our fragile earth’s crust unnecessarily.

Destroying the beauty of the countryside with their obtrusive presence they also poison the area around them, possibly causing birth defects and other illnesses with their low frequency hum and rare earth mineral radiations, they also destroy numerous birds daily.

Wind Turbines. Destroying the beauty of the countryside with their obtrusive presence, they also poison the area around them, possibly causing birth defects and other illnesses with their low frequency hum and rare earth mineral radiations, they also destroy numerous birds daily.

image courtesy of   australianclimatemadness.com

The madness of wind turbines is hard to believe. Rare earth minerals, mined in China and poisoning that land and people, are used in their construction. The increase in reported health problems from people living in close proximity to the wind turbines cannot be ignored and yet we are told they are “better for us, better for the environment and better for the land.” Excuse me for doubting.  Just take a look at what is not an isolated instance of a wind tower exploding.

Exploding wind turbines, an occurrence which is much more common than they would have us believe,

Exploding wind turbines, an occurrence which is much more common than they would have us believe,

image courtesy of     © Stuart McMahon

For myself the jury is not out. I am not in favour of the Government deciding for me what is in my best interests, not when they haven’t had the courtesy to ask my opinion and the science is far from settled. Apart from Climate Change – which is a natural cyclical event.  What kind of legacy are we leaving for our children?

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