“It was a time we all have occasionally, fleetingly, when we feel close to the human beings around us, and are filled with hope for them and for ourselves, when we pray quickly and silently, even if we don’t believe in a god, that something will keep us safe and help us to become ourselves.” Karen Connelly (One room in a castle)
Following on from my previous blog about the places I’ve been on my many journeys, I’d now like to share 100 photographs of faces. These are some of the people I’ve met while travelling; individuals who’ve enriched my life immeasurably. Some remain lifelong friends. Others were brief, but memorable encounters. They all hold a place in my heart.
“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.” Dr Seuss
Great Wall of China, China
Routeburn Track, New Zealand
Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia
My first overseas trip as an adult was on a three-month architecture study tour of Europe with RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). Although I wasn’t an architectural student, the tour was open to friends and family, and I decided to go. I’d actually completed the first year of a Bachelor of Education in Art and Craft, but didn’t really know what I wanted to do in terms of a career. I wasn’t all that keen on becoming a teacher, but I loved art. In that first year at college, I studied a variety of subjects and discovered a love for photography. That, combined with the study tour, is ultimately what set me on course to pursue photography, writing and editing… and more travel than I ever imagined was possible when I was 19 years old.
When I think about all the places I’ve been since then, I feel incredibly lucky. Some countries/experiences were on my ‘bucket list’ for a long time, such as Peru and hiking the Inca Trail. Others I visited after making a spur of the moment decision, such as participating in a Charity Challenge to trek on the Great Wall of China (to raise money for the Cancer Council). In this blog, I’d like to share 100 images of some of the places/landmarks/wildlife that I’ve been fortunate to see in the last 28 years.
I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain – and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light…. ~Robert Frost
Beach en route to Little Oberon Bay
I love that quote from Robert Frost, particularly in relation to the two multi-day hikes I’ve done at Wilsons Promontory. Both were on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, two years in a row, in the middle of the Australian winter. The first hike we ‘walked out in rain’, and the second hike we walked ‘back in rain’. But on both occasions we also had sunshine. It was wonderful to get away from the city lights, to gaze at the stars during dark chilly nights, and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze while trekking along the coast.
East Prom coastal circuit via Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove and Little Waterloo Bay
The thing that I loved most about this weekend was our perseverance. It was raining on our drive to Wilsons Promontory and the weather didn’t look promising. But we donned our raincoats and set off anyway, confident in our wet weather gear, and hopeful that the sun would emerge at some stage. On the first night, just after we’d taken shelter in our tent, the heavens opened to torrential rain. A few hikers were caught out and they were forced to hike out the next day because everything got wet. But we were safe and snug in our warm sleeping bags, and the next two days ended up being perfect with blue skies and sunshine. It’s often the way for us. We seem to attract the rain but then, if we carry on undeterred, we find ourselves in the most spectacular places enjoying nature’s beauty.
“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Henry David Thoreau
Wilsons Promontory National Park has plenty of short walks; taking in forests, sand dunes, pristine beaches, mountains, and lookouts with incredible views. I’ve been visiting this national park for many years and still haven’t explored every trail. But, here are three of my favourite short walks at The Prom.