Different Shades of Purple

 

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.

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Inside Australia

Just after dawn

The sculptures glow

in the early sun.

We walk

tracing lines

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.

http://www.antonygormley.com/projects/item-view/id/248

http://lakeballard.com/

The Angel of the North

http://lakeballard.com/about/antony-gormley-and-inside-australia/

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The Escarpment

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This is one of my favourite photos taken when I was community trekking some years ago in the western Meket area of  Ethiopia. It gives a sense of the immensity of the mountain ranges there. The tiny ‘hut’ on the edge of the precipice was a small ‘dining’ room. At about 3000 metres above sea level, we huddled  around a fire to keep out the chill of the mountain air, while eating a delicious vegetarian dinner.

The trek offered incredible views as we followed the escarpment edge and passed through the communities who hosted us in local guest houses . More than half of the cost of the trek goes to these local communities.

 

http://www.tesfatours.com/tour/community-trekking-in-wollo-lalibela/

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