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Sea Creatures

I was delighted with this mural on the public toilet block at Ulladulla.  I imagined the excitement of the little boy lifting the curtain of the sea and seeing the wonderful sea creatures below.

When I got closer I saw he is discovering cigarette butts and plastic bottles. Oh why does everything have to be so PC these days!

A poem for today
On the Sea by John Keats.
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Natures sea art

I love driftwood sculpted by the sand and waves, bleached by the sun.

Genesis 1:21 New International Version (NIV)
"So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good."

Birds of the sea

The sea birds seem to like to gathering on this little beach at Millards Creek. I didn't have my long lens with me to get a closer shot.

Old Stuff 34

On Sunday we visited Bandanon, the home of the artist Arthur Boyd, now gifted to the people of Australia.   It is in a wonderful rural setting near the Shoalhaven River which he painted so often.

 I will show you his studio next Friday, in fact I think I will make next week an arty week.

The fleet

Ulladulla has a small fishing fleet.

Hanging Rock

I love the colour of sea splashing on the rocks.

A book I read recently
Another one on the Australian list Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay.

I saw the movie when it came out in the 1970s and I remember the haunting pan pipe music, old fashioned schoolgirls in white muslin dresses wandering about the Australian bush on a very hot day, the inconclusive ending and that it was boring.

I was rather hoping the book would be better and it was but for me was still tiresome.

Nature's Seaside Garden

I am not at home in my own gardens this week so here is what is happening in natures garden around me. In the hinterland the forests are majestic Spotted Gums with Burrawangs (a type of cycad) growing in the understory.

Nearer the coast is beautiful green grassland rolling right to the sea cliffs.

At the seaside the stunted and windblown trees currently have banksias in flower.