Darwinians typically tend to spend a lot of time living outdoors. I suppose it might have something to do with the tropical climate, the beautiful blue skies, and the spectacular sunsets of the dry season. There are a number of outdoor markets that take place around Darwin, some of them continuing all year long. Probably the largest and most popular is the Mindel Beach Sunset Market taking place every Thursday evening during the Dry Season. The market is lined with stalls selling (relatively) cheap take-a-way food, over-priced arts and crafts, and street performers impressing folks with all sorts of nifty tricks. Want to watch a whip snapping demonstration? It can get quite crowded so best to get there early.
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When one takes a moment to consider it, the diversity of life on this planet is truly staggering. It turns out that we happen to be expressing this diversity of life force in the form of homo sapiens. I suppose that would be considered a good thing. But what if you had been destined to express life in the form of, say, a grasshopper?
Yep, we’ve got another abstract-ish image out of the garden. I actually really like these type of nature photos, even if they don’t always get a lot of Facebook ‘likes’. And since I haven’t been out much getting any landscape or urban shots, this is what you’re getting today. This one is not from my botanical gardens excursion of last weekend but from a walkabout a few weeks back. It fits with the theme, though. I hope you like it.
Sometimes life feels like a continuum of change. And of course, it really is. For that reason most of us do what we can to bring some stability into our lives, grabbing on to whatever we can that makes us feel anchored. I suppose I do that too, to some extent. I like to think of myself as more adventurous than I really am, but I do seem to get a bit bored if I spend too much time in one place. I can’t really do continuous travel for more than a month or two before it gets tiresome, but I’m finding that spending six months to a year or so is a nice way to experience a place.
Given all that, my time here in Darwin is rapidly coming to a close. In about a month I’ll be heading off to the Philippines for an extended stay. What with wrapping things up here and making preparations for moving on, I haven’t had a chance to get out much with the camera. To be honest, I’ve felt like I’ve hit a wall here photographically. One should, of course, really use those sort of feelings as a challenge and an opportunity for growth, but that’s often easier said than done. With this upcoming change there will also be a lot of travel, which I’m looking forward to. I’ll be in Oregon and Washington in October with possibly a few days in San Francisco. At the end of October I’ll be in Oaxaca, Mexico for about two weeks for Day of the Dead. Sometime in the first half of next year I’d like to get to Japan and/or maybe South Korea and China, but that’s tentative ideas at this point. And of course there will be much exploring of the Philippines.
Nightcliff Pier in Darwin, Australia. Enjoy!