I’m finding life very intense at the moment. My feeling nature seems to have become more acute and I am becoming more aware of the energetic fields in the natural environment. Today began with major tree felling going on next door. At the sound of the first branches falling my legs started to shake. It was a weird feeling. I think it’s in the Star Wars movies where they talk about a disturbance in the force. This morning felt like that. As the men started to bring down the branches of the really big eucalypt it felt like a disturbance occurred in the energy field of the neighbourhood.
The noise of wood chipper was appalling so I went out. When I came home later I saw the branches on all the trees that hang over my neighbour’s back fence have been removed but the smaller trees are still standing. The large tree is now a massive tree trunk sticking up about 12 feet into the air. It’s already partly covered in ivy. I guess in time it will become totally covered and look like a tall thin tower of ivy.
The energy still felt kind of fractured and the wood chipper was still going so I decided to see if the rumour that the Southern Right Whales had arrived from Antarctica already was true. (they spend the winter in the Southern Ocean here). I drove out to the lookout. There were quite a lot of people about. My whale spotting strategy is to scan the ocean in the direction where most people are looking. Sure enough, far out to sea I caught sight of the distinctive spume of the Right Whale. As I watched I saw the dark shape of the head appearing from time to time and, once, the tail fin. The animal was so far out I caught no more than glimpses. All the same, there was a moment where my sense of myself in time and space suddenly expanded. Maybe it was the thought of the creature swimming all the way from Antarctica that did it. For a brief instant I felt like I was part of the vast cycle of life on this planet – hard to describe but it was enough to make me think I’ll be doing a lot of whale watching this winter.
So – a day of high drama. During the past week I got back out to the rock cliff I featured last week. I walked in as close as I could get and concentrated on taking photos of the detail. Reducing the photos to B&W highlights the dramatic presence of the rock wall. I think the photos work as a visual metaphor to convey something of the intensity I’ve been feeling lately. Although the final photo is of a vertical rock face it suggests the power and energy of the sea to me. It goes some way towards corresponding with the kind of feeling I get when I see the whales.