Monday, July 9, 2012

hanging rock

first spot the poop, 
then look up.
we had our picnic at hanging rock. 
 yep, just hanging out midday
in a sunny spot.
and then, later, a herd
paralleling the trail the highway made
 there were presences
 grimaces
 and the light looks like november
 and felt like october
 holes and leyers and lichens and 
 a heart for my friend
(you know who you are) 
it was cold and sunny and beautiful.
 astonishing
 frost melting
and a shivering echidna
we ate well.
all three returned.
and they serve ben and jerry's ice cream
at the visitor center.

21 comments:

Fiona Dempster said...

Well done you! Koalas are often so sleepy you don't see them and echidnas are so shy - fancy seeing them plus kangaroos! yay! looks like a magical day...

ronnie said...

goodness! despite all my years of bush wanderings I've never witnessed a koala, echidna and kanga in a single outing!

Velma said...

fiona and ronnie, two koalas, several kangaroos, and a shivery echidna! all spotted by others and shared! but, oh, my and i found the kangaroos racing along.

Penny Berens said...

You're going to come home with amazing memories and boy so much inspiration.

Carol P said...

Wonderful! How lovely that you were able to share your day with such creatures and in such a spiritual setting. Now, to find time to visit the Fred Williams exhibition before you leave us...

Velma said...

i sure am, penny. much to ponder.
carol, probably not enough time, but i will come back, if oz will havw me!

Valerianna said...

Cool beans!! Wonderful adventures... and wildlife. What a wild LIFE!

kaiteM said...

Hah, at last you've met a drop bear!

india flint said...

drop bear poo, being pure eucalyptus plus a few digestive enzymes, leaves a lime green jelly-bean shaped print when bundled.
unfortunately the aroma leaves something to be desired

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

there are some cultures as you know that look to stone as we to clouds to see and make pictures - stories, these do indeed tell the stories of you days, "down under!" beautiful companions - those rocks.

Long Ridge Farm said...

sweet heart, sweetheart!
pretty cool wildlife sightings alright....reading your post makes me shiver though. It is stellar weather up in our hemisphere. You will revel if it is this week your return...good Canada air!

Velma said...

valerie, wild things, wild indeed.
kaite, drop bear-i missed that name!
india, so glad i left the colorful stuff behind
henrietta, the rocks had things to say, all right, in spite of the hoards of holidaymakers
nancy, coming home wednesday, maybe the weather will dance for me.

onesmallstitch said...

what wonderful sightings and memories. you'll be dreaming of that cool weather when you get home. safe travelling.

Velma said...

jean, another contrast to experience

jo said...

what a perfect day to end your adventures - now you will have to read the book Picnic at Hanging Rock (or see the movie) if you haven't already - I do hope you come back and I get to meet you next time or maybe you could make a detour to NZ when you head back this way

Velma said...

jo, of course i know it as a movie, but i don't remember the story at all AND we visited in winter and my quite possibly inaccurate memory says it was summer...

kaiteM said...

drop bears - ancient mythical beings sent to frighten tourists and new comers to this land. they can fall from anywhere at any time, and cause havoc. they masquerade as koalas! you had a lucky escape!!

Velma said...

kaite you should have warned me!

kaiteM said...

heh heh heh, welcome to Aussie humour!

neki desu said...

why is it that sometimes i feelexactly like photo nº1??

Velma said...

kaite , great stuff!
neki, i do, too

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