While our dog had a grooming session, we made use of some spare time to visit a nearby mountain, Beechmont, just south of Tamborine Mountain. There’s a walking track through forest, in the Denhams’ Reserve, and we followed this for a short way, across a beautiful creek and onto the Falls for a view. The weather was mildly cool and many frogs and birds can be heard. The Beechmont Landcare group care for the forest reserve. Further back on the road is the well known Rosins’ Lookout which is highly favoured by paragliders, and the view from this spot is dramatic and beautiful, looking all the way south to the border…some cloud today but still worth the drive. The Gold Coast Hinterland has some stunning scenery. I’ve included some pics.
Today I’m showing the first of the Alchemy series of paintings. This one is titled “Alchemy: the cave where we were all born”. The title harkens back to a time of prehistory, to remind us of our beginnings, yet there is gold present (and can be seen in a couple of places on the surface) that is symbolic of change and development in humans collectively and individually….a kind of metaphor for transformation of the soul or spirit. The darkness can represent base emotions, but can also mean the place of the womb….a place of quiet incubation. This painting was also inspired by a cave in the Numinbah National Park. It’s quite a low but protective place and has a waterfall next to it, which gives an enlivened feeling to the place. It was probably used by earliest Australians for many thousands of years, and has previously had glow worms living there. The references to water are observed in the vivid blue and white of the painting, and the water at this cave is indeed a brilliant hue.
We spent a lovely few hours out roaming yesterday, and took Jasper with us. The creek we visited was looking clear yet quite cold, but Jasper (who’s never liked water very much) just leapt in! I think he realised it was shallow so didn’t hesitate. He insisted that T accompany him though, which meant removing her shoes and venturing into cold water! Then he became brave and also crossed a small waterfall on some rocks….we’ve never seen him so gung-ho!….a brave explorer. Jasper had a wonderful day out and slept well. There’ll be more adventures for him now he’s embraced his “wild and free dog”. Here’s few pics to enjoy.