Posted on September 14, 2013
You can feel the enduring energy and spirit in this Pilliga landscape.
It rests over 550kms from Sydney in at least 500,000ha of forests, national parks and nature reserves. Now there are these thoughtful sculptures in the Dandry Gorge magnifying the harmony of nature and culture in the Pilliga.
Timmallallie National Park, just out of Baradine in north western New South Wales , is where you will find Dandry Gorge. It is a beautiful gorge with a high walk above the Pilliga Forest floor down into and along a wide dry river bed. The local Gamilaraay Aboriginal people are proud of this serene and special place.
The sculptures are made from bronze, stone, wood and stainless steel. The sculptures were developed by Australian artists Brett Garling, Col Henry and Ken Hutchinson and Aboriginal artist Badger Bates. They were funded by Gawambaraay Pilliga Co-management Committee.
This 500 000ha landscape is lucky enough to be in public ownership. It is made up of cypress pine, ironbark, scribbly and river red gums, heathlands and sandy creeks. Birds abound in the Pilliga landscape, as do mammals, frogs and flora. While the bush really bursts into colour in spring, wildflowers can be seen dotting the scrub nearly all year.
Posted on September 10, 2013
Feel the spirit.
Hear the silence.
Respect the land.
The Sandstone Caves in the Pilliga Nature Reserve (located in north western New South Wales) are a significant Aboriginal site for the local Gamilaraay people. The Sandstone Caves are a series of cathedral type caves exhibiting an array of rich colours, sizes and shapes.
Walking around the caves you can feel the finely weathered sand under your feet.
The Sandstone Caves are a very special place where you can sense their enduring spirit.
Posted on September 6, 2013
you thought you could destroy me
in this January just gone
your licking flames and searing heat
panting for the signal of defeat
I did not surrender to your call
my strength is now returning
green tips are young and eager
birds upon my branches as yet so meagre
silence lingers in the ‘Bungles
no chirping chomping or chatter
no hikers campers or forest friends
until the day our nature mends
Rains have come to the rescue and recovery is happening. The silence on the walks is eerie, awaiting the return of the creatures to the Warrumbungles.
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