Wednesday, August 1, 2007

sun rises moon sets

Clown in the Moon

My tears are like the quiet drift
Of petals from some magic rose;
And all my grief flows from the rift
Of unremembered skies and snows.

I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.

Dylan Thomas


Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

I love your choice of poet, but I especially love your photography.

(And I am over the moon for your validation, thank you for proving what I've said all along. It is what it is, a beautiful mystery!)

fifi said...

Oh, thanks. I love DT to absolute heaven,
and yes, it is a beautiful mystery, and myself a hardened cynic usually!!!

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Incidentaly, "Strange Fruit", is that anything to do with the Billy Holloday song? (Always makes me cry.. very deep.)

it's the little things... said...

What a lovely image. I'm speechless. Or typeless, as it is.

Arcturus said...


(Did you take that picture?)

Isabelle said...

What fantastic pictures, as usual. The colours!

I'm very interested in the landscape ones too, and what you say about its history. Before I started blogging I had very little idea what most of Australia looked like, I now realise.

Yes, by the way, in answer to your question: Scottish schools start holidays at the very end of June or the beginning of July and go back mid- to late-August, while English schools are more mid-July to mid-September. Further education colleges, like the one where I work, have slightly shorter holidays than schools, so I go back on August 14th. Alas.

fifi said...

Arc, yes i did take the picture, the day before yesterday, at sunrise.

Shrink: Strange Fruit was the title of paintings that i did called strange ruit at my table. But I myself am a bit of a strange fruit. I do like the sing, and feel for what it's about, so that adds to it I guess.

Thank you all for the nice compliments.

Thanks Isabelle for that, (it's probably best the holidays are spread out like that so the whole kingdom isn't all jammed into all the holiday destinations at once.)
Australia is very varied. Much of it urban sprawl.

meli said...

Oh. The moon thinks the earth is too magical to touch. I like that.

meggie said...

Very beautiful.

rackorf said...

What a fucking excellent picture. Well done. If you had it in a format that would allow for resolution with large prints you're on a winner.
I've got to qualify the urban sprawl response tho...most of the urban sprawl is taking place along the coastal fringe, which also happens to be the best place to grow tucker.
That should make for interesting times in the future.

fifi said...

Why thank you rackorf.
All my images are huge files and are indeed enormous. i make them smaller for here of course, but not too tiny.
Yes, the parts of sydney previously given over to market gardens are now Mcmansion suburbs with gates and fake ponds, and the market gardeners all send their offspring to expensive schools. I have often wondered what everybody thinks we are going to eat. Theres not even a glasshouse for tomatoes to be seen.
I think the "treechange" phenomenon will increase, and people will start going back to small towns, as long as water still comes out of the taps. Who knows.

fifi said...

I hope I have that line right, I don't have a copy, and it came out of a very very old file in my head that i had forgotten was there. Have thought that line so long I had forgotten it wasn't MINE...:-)

Arcturus said...

I have to say it again ... I love that picture.

And it is so interesting to hear from my narcissistic, self-absorbed American perspective the debates and controversies and issues of the day in a country like Australia ... such a vast, wealthy, resource - rich country that nonetheless is about 1/15th the size of the U.S. in terms of population (20.4 million versus 301 million) and lacking the legacy of racial struggle and agony(Aborigine issues notwithstanding).

It's weird to hear "similar" issues in a very different context, such as suburban sprawl, consumerism, and the nouveaux riche bourgeois values, the racial aspects to the underclass, etc.

Not really sure where I'm going with this other than it is interesting since it is the "same" yet so "different."

By the way, Fifi, thank you so much for your descriptive compliments of my blog entry picture.