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Entries in australia (26)


color me melb



naturally every space has a color theme of it's own. some cities jump out in this regard more than others. when i first came to the southern hemisphere i was struck by the difference in the quality of light. in los angeles we have so much smog which diffuses the air and makes for spectacular sunsets. in new zealand [when it's not overcast] the light in contrast seems so stark and strong. in melbourne the weather was quite warm and the light was again different. the color palette that emerged surprised me- bright greens and soft pastels. though it was late summer, to me the feeling was distinctly spring.




i like so many things about melbourne- the art, culture, food... but one of the best things about it is the intersection of beautiful public spaces and small intimate alleyways. both seem to coexist side by side and only by walking around the city does one get a sense of the shifting scale. at one moment you are sitting in an alleyway packed with cafes. around the corner the moving image museum offers expansive views of a public park. and in between there are throngs of people. i already want to go back...



meanwhile back in oz...


somewhere near mary's river, these wallabies came out very early in the morning and were gone by the time most humans were up. they were like miniature kangaroos who behave a bit like rabbits, jumping and scuttling all over the place. ridiculously cute.




spider chronicles


of all the scary creepy things that have the ability to kill you in this world [or at least sting badly] i feel most conflicted about spiders. i think one thing that makes it hard to simply step on one or snuff it out in some other fashion even if it has made a home under your bed without invitation is that spiders appear to be quite industrious. they don't just move in and lay eggs and eat your garbage. they spin webs- which upon close inspection can be pretty spectacular. these three were found in and around alice springs, australia. i don't know whether they are poisonous, but they look pretty serious. but did not seem particularly concerned with biting me as they had better things to do. they are quite beautiful.


el bat


spotted near alice springs, australia...


into the night


while it's true that there are all manner of unusual and frightening creatures that dwell in the australian outback, it's also probably the case that they are more afraid of us than vice versa. i was quite concerned about encountering  spiders and crocodiles and yet ultimately, equally disappointed to not run across a single one!

so, off to the territory wildlife park where all the fantastic, creepy, dark  and dangerous specimens dwell.  it's impossible to see them all at once, if ever in the wild. it really is a must-see.

on an unrelated note, this owl in particular reminded me of a recurring image from david lynch's twin peaks. in the show it was a sort of abstract motif for mystery and an unknown darkness unfolding in a small town. when i saw it i remembered this song:



blow out


yellow water


the yellow water billabong in kakadu park is probably one of the most beautiful places to see in the northern territory. the bird watching is great and there are all kinds of fantastic and unusual creatures perched about. starting out for a cruise at sunrise yields misty sunrises and lots of wildlife. sadly, no deadly crocodiles were spotted...


the road

He thought if he lived long enough the world at last would be lost. Like the dying world the newly blind inhabit, all of it slowly fading from memory.    -- "the road", cormac mccarthy


somewhere in litchfield park...