Nature in the North

Here in the top end of Australia, nature is different.

The trees are a melange of European, Asian, and native varieties and in the gardens are impossibly juxtaposed and yet seem to fit together well

The earth itself is of an altogether different colour and texture, red, porous and in parts coarse. Life in this part of Australia manifests in unique expressions; take the magnetic termite mounds near Litchfield National Park.

These creatures, considered pests elsewhere, seem to be in touch with the earth’s magnetic fields. They build their structures, like the best of engineers, on a sound understanding of the points of the compass and create homes which resist the fiercest heat of the day and remain cool within. When I first came across the mounds, I was reminded of the Alignments of Carnac, a field of ancient stone arrangements located in Brittany

When I visited these two years ago I felt a similar sense of mystery and wonder.

Walking in the garden each morning, I connect with the plants and trees sharing gratitude for their existence

It’s the abundance of beauty that strikes you here, a unique beauty found nowhere else on the continent. Whether its found in the water element of the waterfalls, springs and rockholes

The earth element of the red dust, sand and ancient stone, the creations of fire, only in which generate the seeds of some plants, or the air element when the sky is covered by flocks of galahs, cockatoos, budgerigars or bats at sunset, this part of Australia reveals its riches through its diversity of life forms.

This was my first visit,but certainly won’t be my last.

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