A few years ago I spent a week teaching Metal clay and Fusing Glass in Darwin (Aus. Nothern Territory) We had 2-weekend workshops and a whole week free in between!
Although this was many years ago, I fell in love with the territory, I was shown around Darwin by my lovely hosts and took a bus trip to Katherine Gorge – a sublime landscape that has a rich history with its traditional owners the Jawoyn people. There are lots of aboriginal rock paintings, easily accessible when you take one of the boat trips through the gorge.
On the way back we stopped at Edith Falls where we had a chance to swim, in a waterhole that had crocodiles in it!!! And you know what…. we all did! And we’re still here to tell the tale:) Of course my interest was with the local Flora, in particular, the wattles that grow there. The trees were very young still, but they had these unbelievably beautiful seeds, as wattles often do. These were totally fresh and I managed to get myself one or two of them for future reference.
They are all dried up now and the seeds have lost their brilliance, toned down to an earthy red iso of the vibrant orange they were then, still beautiful, but in a more muted way, and of course, their exquisite form remains the same. Here they are as they were then….. memories of the Territory, I’ll just have to get back there next winter!