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Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Sort Of Homecoming

With the first leg of our extended vacation over, I'm at last able to sit back and sift through my memories of the past two weeks spent exploring Australia's south-easternmost state of Victoria. When I reflect on our trip and think about it's benefits, my first realisation is that even leaving aside the indelible mark made by the places we've visited, my home state of Western Australia now sits alongside an expanded set of references. Within its new context, I hope I'll be reawakened to the beauty of the environment and its wildlife in and around my own back yard; sometimes a period of absence or exposure to strange surroundings can jolt us into recognising how lucky we are to live in our own home patch and allows us to view familiar sights with a refreshed awareness.

Brushtail Possum

Sandi and I have a brief opportunity to catch our breath before we begin the long drive north to our home away from home at Yardie Creek, some 1200 kilometres north of Perth. Once our campsite is set up, I will have time to sit in one place and produce some art work. After my self-imposed exile from the drawing board, I'm itching to begin work on some new pieces.

My current work-in-progress featuring the black-footed rock wallabies is too large to pack and will have to wait in the queue for my return. I'm keen to complete it and thankful for the chance to revisit their cave in the weeks ahead; the photos I have from our last trip don't reveal the right-hand side of the cave completely and I've been unsure how best to approach it without a good reference photo.

Crimson Rosella

Best wishes
Pete

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4 comments:

Gary Keimig said...

sounds like a great trip Peter. I know what you mean when you say sometimes we can appreciate our own surroundings after being away for a while. I have just added my little jaunt from yesterday morning in my Outdoors Adventures blog. Though it is home it is so great to get out and have a morning like I had yesterday. And it is snowing here again this morning. 6 straight mornings of this.
God bless and have a great day.

Peter Brown said...

Gary, as I live in a part of the world where the trees prefer to retain their leaves throughout our winters, when snow never falls, it takes an absence such as the one I've just enjoyed for me see my usual surroundings with renewed clarity. Judging from the photos on your Outdoor Adventures blog, I'm guessing that the extreme seasonal variations you live with produce the same effect for you - what a beautiful back yard you have!

Gary Keimig said...

Hey Peter are you working on anything? Waiting to see what you have going from your trip. Sure hope you are.

Peter Brown said...

Hi Gary, having just returned home I'm kind of gathering my thoughts and planning my next move. Stay tuned!