(especially mums reaction)
"hey dad want some help ?…." i'm gonna irrespective of what you say btw! :) )
"right let me have a look at these instructions…"
"yup they are crap, throw them away dad…"
"there we go that was not so hard right"
say what you like about Ikea furniture, but those swedish designers and engineers deserve a medal, to be able to design something that is pretty well idiot proof is nothing short of amazing, the refinement and effort that has gone into their fittings and hinges is awesome, these things just work.. sure its still all just chipboard furniture and its not that durable but hey……
so here's to you Ikea engineers, nicely played.
and the story of the Goanna that chased the snake away.
Aboriginal mythology and the associated stories are so fascinating, my mum has a whole bunch of books of various stories relating to creation stories of Aboriginal lands and legends, some of the earliest stories that she read to me were from these books, one which I remember vividly was the story of the rainbow serpent and the way it created the land for the first time, another about who some people where cut out of a snake only to have them turned into birds :) ok, they may be a bit lost in time and memory there.. but hey its been a few years ;)
I have visited Goanna Headland many times over the years, mostly not knowing how culturally significant this location is, but more recently becoming aware of its history – this place contains a Rain Cave (sacred place for trying to get rain to come) , nope i have not gone in there 'cause you get bad kaarma and if you do and floods occur.. apparently :) its got some sacred ceremonial grounds (up on Snapper rock) and neatest of all a great big goanna forming the shape of the whole headland.
It is also of course not complete without some some quality input from the newly arrived europeans who felt it necessary to kill a bunch of aboriginal people out on the headland, i try and avoid thinking about that as i walk out in pitch darkness to get down to the rocks by first light :/
Now, back to that story about the Goanna who chased the bad snake away, apparently the Goanna rests here keeping a watchful eye out to the ocean for the return of the snake, well, i'm here to tell you Dirawong (thats the Goanna spirit) these snakes are making a mockery of you ;) they are everywhere out there on the headland ! and those Kangaroos, they are certainly not little ones :) feel free to wake up and shuffle a few of those shakey snakes on their way – on a positive note, I have noticed a significant decline in the number of spider encounters in my walks out to the headland, possibly due to the time of year etc, but sheesh thats a welcome change not to face plant those big fat spiders that string across the path.
This picture is taken on one of the legs (the rear one) of the goanna, its one of the many cool rocky outcroppings filled with nooks and crannies perfect for the seascrapers taking a photo or two.
So, here's to you, the people of the Bundjalung Nation, who sadly no longer inhabit, in the way they should, the lands of Goanna Headland.
Looking south, you can see Lennox Head in the background. Pretty nice spot except for all the tourists :)
This shot is just as the dawn broke over the horizon letting the warm sunshine glance off the ridges. Its 3 shots stitched together as a panorama image
D750 coupled with Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 @ 140mm Aperture: f2.8
Shutter Speed: 400s
Out front: no filters .. just some nice rolling hills.
I don't always eat my toy horse, but when I do, I try to be cute
I have been walking past/thru this place a bit lately. Its not really as inspiring as all the images on the web make it out to be, took me a awhile to even bring the camera along :) . One caption from the wall/info sheet had me going, something to the effect that the curves of the tunnel help with larger pedestrian flow.. lol yeah right.. the engineer in me just says you make the tunnel heaps wide to fit heaps of people, simple.. it ain't rocket science.. then the common sense in me wants to slap someone for putting a single escalator at the end… thats a bit like the M5 when it it hits the tunnel.
All that said and well at least its probably better than the Central Train Station Pedestrian tunnel.. just without any soul.