Monday, October 7, 2013




It's a windy one, this day in the netherlands of prehistory. Red sand coats everything, making me wonder how people survived the dust bowl, the days when the wind never stopped, when every breath was gritty with sand.
We finally escape the wind, following the winding dirt road through the trees, stopping where the sky and earth meet. This is the place where I walk among the remains of forgotten people, forgotten struggles, and forgotten hopes. The only reminders are the things strong enough to endure the heat and wind, the snow and rain.
As I walk through the trees, I find a cicada shell, still clinging to the tree it called home, the bug burst from its confinement, on to a new life. Sometimes I wish I could emerge from a shell, new and fresh, (younger too), a new life ahead of me.
But for now I'll take this life, this place, this silent mesa that reveals more and more of itself to me each time I return. The mesa, like the cicada, emerging from each season filled with new things to discover. And myself, possibly like the cicada, emerging from the mesa with new experiences and an ever stronger connection to this amazing place.
"Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive."

7-Oct-13 20:10
sage and spirit
Thanks for the links. I especially like the idea that the land owns the Aboriginal people. On my way to check these sites out right now.
7-Oct-13 19:23
Hey Julie, l wonder whether you have heard/read much about Australia's Aboriginals and their connection to country?

Here's some links to explore

"For Aboriginal people the relationship is much deeper. The land owns Aboriginal people and every aspect of their lives is connected to it. They have a profound spiritual connection to land. Aboriginal law and spirituality are intertwined with the land, the people and creation, and this forms their culture and sovereignty"

"For Indigenous Australians, the land is the core of all spirituality and this relationship and the spirit of 'country' is central to the issues that are important to Indigenous people today."

"Non-Aboriginal Australians find it quite difficult to understand the connection Aboriginal people have with the country. This may be because they view the importance of the land in a capitalistic sense, not understanding the spiritual and physical connections Aboriginal people have with their environment."

Thought it may be a concept that might interest you :)

Great photos as always.

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