New Farm Park, Brisbane
In October every year, New Farm Park in Brisbane comes alive in a glorious display of purple. The avenue through the park is aligned with a canopy of Jacarandas on either side. The leaves fall to the ground and creates a carpet of purple flowers. The jacarandas only blossom for a short time and invades the beautiful park with the powerful purple. I have always loved the display of colour in October, the sometimes dull and dreary streets come alive in with the colours of springtime and you can’t help but feel alive too. If you are ever in Brisbane make sure you visit New Farm Park, located only a few minutes away from the CBD and the Brisbane River.It is truly one of the icons of Brisbane.
Dorothea Mackellar, one of Australia’s most iconic poets wrote the well known poem; My Country. A homesick Mackellar wrote the words to this poem when she was in England. She longed to be back in the land that she loved and penned these words to show how much she loved Australia.
I am Australian and deeply love my country. The words of this poem have touched me since I first read it as a little girl and throughout my journeys in Australia the words are often in my heart. As I take photographs of this great, wide and beautiful land I know that I am blessed to live in the greatest country in the world.
Here is my favourite verse from the poem and I hope my photograph above, helps to illustrate the beauty of this great land.
‘I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!’
The photograph above is a moment I captured during a ballet concert I attended in September, 2011.
There is something indescribably beautiful about ballet dancers who grace the stage and so effortlessly dance, almost as if they were flying to the sound of music. Not a word is said, but a story is told. It is a graceful method of storytelling. While they beauty is mesmerizing there is great strength and discipline involved in becoming a ballerina. This adds to the wonder of such dancing, the strength required to seem so graceful is great indeed. As the ballerina in the photograph is elegantly poised, she shows her strength and technique. It is a picture of elegance and grace.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 ‘A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.’