Regarding our travels in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia
September – November 2006

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We saw that Life did not narrate,
but made impressions on our brains.
We, in turn, if we wished to produce on you
an effect of life, must not narrate but render impressions.

Ford Madox Ford
in a memoir regarding his collaboration with Joseph Conrad


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25 September
[1] the Flying Teapot — mosaics and wondrous women in Ballan, Victoria
[2] The Gordon Hat Shop — a few miles up the road, delaying us further

26 September
[1] Dennis without the camera
—a minor poetic note about sitting and watching wild weather outside the car
[2] Ev's Grampians
[3] A poem by Dennis (with apologies to Ogden Nash) ... afternoon tea having been interrupted by corella love

September 27
[1] How, on the way to Arapiles
we accidentally met very interesting people
and found the prospect of a new collaboration
[2] On the road in the Wimmera, going to the Little Desert ... concerning the nature of travelling, stopping and getting out of the car
[3] Monet, where art thou? Canola with haystacks

September 28 – strange things seen west of Horsham

September 29
[1] If Patterson's Curse were to speak for itself, would it speak nicely?
[2] Galen with his tractor


September 30 – in the Eyre Peninsula

[1] Not quite the same as the Flying Teapot, but a wondrous front yard with seashells, a magpie and a maiden

[2] Cowell, in Franklin Harbour – Fish out of water

[3] Mt Millar Wind Power — notes on energy

[4] or is this Sicily?


September 30 to October 2
In the Lincoln National Park — a weekend camping in the bush

3 October – [1] Coffin Bay: great happenings at the jetty
[2] Coffin Bay National Park
[3] Eyre Peninsula West Coast - wow!

4 October – [1] Camp at Bramfield Cemetery
[2] The village of Bramfield — community is where people smile and create
[3] Newland Conservation Park — dramatic!
[4] Murphy's Haystacks

5 October - Houses in Streaky Bay ... it's not all just nature out there

5, 6, 7 October - Crossing the Nullarbor and camping out
5 October - whales at the Head of the Bight and those who go to the whaling wall

8, 9, 10 October - Discovering the Granite and Woodland Trail from Norseman to Hyden... wonderful study of an environment:
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10, 11 October - Lake Grace
[1] the AIM Hospital Museum
[2] the Women's Mural

12 November
[1] The Ongerup Shearer
[2] Sunset over the Stirling Range

13 October - the Stirling Ranges Drive... more plant species in one small area than in the whole of the British Isles

14 October - a biodynamic farming field day, Williams, WA

13, 14, 15, 16 October - Dwarda Downs Country Retreat, in a Wandoo Woodland, near Williams — suddenly, so many flowers around us!
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18 October 2006 — honey possums - marsupials small as thumbs (or mice) and a page of orchids—editing unfinished.

20-22 October — the Southern Ocean near Albany... spectacular views in dark scudding weather

23 October — treetop walk in the Valley of the Giants

23 October — and then the sun came out! :-) The beach at Conspicuous Cliff

24 October — you think the stories must be running out and then you discover something else amazing – Gary Muir's WOW Wilderness boat cruise at Walpole – theatre in the wild

24-27 October — in the very far southwest, as far from home as possible, with, also, an essay on the importance of seeing The Point and listening to every voice
... including the voice of the Gerygone, master teacher of Eric Satie and Arvo Part. And with a brief mention of the Iraq war, War Without Point.

1 and 2 November: The Indian-Pacific... how we travelled thirty hours from Perth to Perth.

3 to 8 November — driving back east, 3600km to Adelaide with a duck off into the Gawler Range

9 November: Adelaide goes to lunch


"The voyeuristic gaze is an inherent part of photography: not necessarily in a deranged or perverse sense, but in the sense that you view the world both intimately and with detachment. [The late Susan] Sontag argued that the camera is inherently aggressive because it always presents an image of a person they themselves cannot see, and is thereby a violation of their identity. I don’t wholly agree with that.... Sometimes, the photographic gaze is gentle, poetic, and creates beauty where it doesn’t obviously exist."

James Lomax, Photographer.



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