In the middle of August, the North Yorkshire Moors transform into a sea of purple. The subtle perfume of the tiny purple flowers drifts in the wind heralding autumn.
The other side of the world, a month later, on a dusty hot roadside in the Goldfields, Western Australia, spring flowers burst into bloom.
Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 2017
Sorry I don’t know the artist.
Just after dawn
The sculptures glow
in the early sun.
from figure to figure
in the waterless lake
Lake Ballard, a salt lake in Western Australia’s Goldfields, is home to 51 metal figures sculpted by Antony Gormley. He’s perhaps most famous for The Angel of the North, a steel sculpture 20 metres high with a 54 metre wingspan, located in Gateshead in the North East of England.
The Angel of the North
Clockwise from top left:
Lowna in North Yorkshire, South Cottesloe in Western Australia, Chamonix in France, North Fremantle in Western Australia, Morogoro in Tanzania, Iringa in Tanzania, Dwellingup in Western Australia, Cropton in North Yorkshire.
I don’t think I’ll ever lose my wanderlust. It ebbs and flows like the tides on my doorstep here in Western Australia. Sometimes the pull to stay ‘home’ is strong: when the beach beckons, and the outdoor lifestyle is easy, with good food, wines and friendships.
Then there are times when the lure of new shores overwhelms, the draw of old haunts tempt, and the need to leave this remote city to return to the familiar people and places of my formative years is stronger than the urge to stay.