Tuesday, April 30, 2019

TASMANIA AS GONDWANALAND / LIESBET VERSTRAETEN HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

LIESBET AT BOTTLE NECK BAY FLINDERS ISLAND TASMANIA

"Reading the country was once essential to Aboriginal people's survival. It has become something of a lost art, which is a great pity. Mostly natural processes are slow and subtle and remain unseen and ignored. The danger is that by failing to pay attention to the forces, large and small, which shape our landscapes, not only do the landscapes suffer but we are impoverished in spirit ourselves."

John Landy

PETER DOMBROVSKIS, LAKE OBERON

Welcome to On The Brink radio comin' atcha from the central highlands of Tasmania. This week's show is in honour of 'little Tassie' as not only the place where I've had some of my most powerful and amazing adventures and where some of the most interesting and coolest people I know live, but also as an extraordinarily unique land with some of the most beautiful and spectacular landscapes in all of Australia as well as endemic florae and faunae, some of whom have been alive since the 'break-up' of the ancient super-continent called Gondwana by geologist Edward Suess.

GONDWANA SUPER-CONTINENT (so we think!)

The first half of this show gives a run-down of my visits to Tasmania since 2001 and the truly legendary people I've met and places I've been honoured to be able to visit; the second half gives an overview of the unique plants, animals and landscape ancestors who comprise what is to me the real Tasmania.

Tasmania was the birthplace of Australia's first wilderness photography as well as Australia's environmental movement. Olegas Truchenas and Peter Dombrovskis shared the beauty and power of Tasmanian landscapes, catalyzed resistance to the damming of Lake Pedder and stopped a subsequent project to dam the Franklin River.

LAKE PEDDER, MID-1950'S BEFORE DAMMING
PETER DOMBROVSKIS, COX BIGHT, SOUTH COAST

PETER DOMBROVSKIS PHOTOS
http://aniwaniwa-lokahi-renavigation.blogspot.com/2014/10/wild-island-tasmania-gallery-peter.html


Tasmania is just as maritime of an environment as New Zealand, but she lacks the oceanic awareness that most Kiwi's take for granted. Tasmania in no way needs the tourism gimmickry of the whale-watching business or the 'swim with sting-rays' mentality that would make Sir Peter Blake roll in his davey jone's locker...but she could use a bit of enhanced acknowledgement on the part of the people who live here that, yes, Tasmania is surrounded by a lot of ocean in every direction, an ocean teeming with myriad and wonderful life-forms.


AUSTRALIA'S OCEAN CURRENTS


TASMANIA'S OCEAN CURRENTS

"NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH:  TASMANIA'S MARINE NATURAL VALUES"
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/marine/pages/609/attachments/original/1500603668/NowhereElseOnEarthReport.pdf?1500603668


 HUMPBACKS AND SOUTHERN RIGHTS
 BOTTLE-NOSED DOLPHINS
 RED HAND FISH
WEEDY SEA-DRAGON

Tasmania also has on occasion two of the most awesomely magical and beautiful gifts Mother Nature has to share with us, bio-luminescence and the aurora, in this case, australis, both of which I've witnessed but not in Tasmania.





LISTEN AND/OR DOWN-LOAD ANYTIME ARCHIVE LINK FOR THIS SHOW
https://soundcloud.com/user-272031059/on-the-brink-radio-275-tasmania-today-gondwana-is-alive


And I'd like to wish a beautiful happy birthday to Liesbet Verstraeten, with whom I was very lucky to share five amazing years. As far as I know, she is living somewhere in Tasmania, picking fruit when it's the season and hopefully painting rocks and playing her flute. Today when I sat down to send her a birthday email I looked out the window to see the first rainbow or 'aniwaniwa' I'd seen in months...a very symbolic synchronicity as Liesbet and I were always huge fans of rainbows. I can tell the ancestors and nature devas are smiling on us now as much as ever.



 FIRST ANIWANIWA I'VE SEEN IN MONTHS :)
 LIESBET WITH CUPPA and HUNDERTWASSER CARD,
BALARNIA, FLINDERS ISLAND, 2011

"We must strive for a peace treaty with nature, the only superior creative power on which man depends. This peace treaty with nature would have to contain at least the following points:

1) We must learn the language of nature in order to reach an understanding of her.

2) We must give back territories to nature which we have misappropriated and devastated. For example, according to the principle:  everything which is horizontal, under the open sky, belongs to nature, including, for example, roof, roads.

3) Tolerance of spontaneous vegetation.

4) The creation of man and the creation of nature must be reunited. The schism of these creations has had catastrophic consequences for nature and man.

5) Life in harmony with the laws of nature.

6) We are only the guests of nature and must behave accordingly. Man is the most dangerous pest ever to devastate the Earth. Man must put himself behind ecological barriers so the Earth can regenerate.

7) Human society must again become a waste-free society. For only he who honours his own waste and re-uses it in a waste-free society transforms death into Life and has the right to live on this Earth. Because he respects the cycle, and allows the rebirth of life to occur."

FRIEDRICH HUNDERTWASSER, "PEACE TREATY WITH NATURE"

 OUR 'CHICKEN ROCK', FLINDERS ISLAND
SHADOWS OF TOGETHERNESS :)
GIFT FOR LIESBET FROM ME, 2012
 "HUNAB HIKU", PAINTING FOR ROB ALLISTON, HOBART, 2007
"S'AHA DJED", MURAL FOR BRUCE ROBERTS, HOBART, 2003
ROB ALLISTON AND ME HITCHING TO CRADLE, 2015

Rob Alliston was (and is) a true spiritual brother, a genuine legendary Tasmanian and one of the loveliest people I have known here. I'd known him since 2001 until he passed away in November 2018, from complications of his Parkinson's syndrome.  He was an avid environmentalist and had a great respect for the indigenous people of Australia, and he was a great supporter of me and my work, especially concerning the whales and dolphins and my art, and was also a great supporter of Liesbet and I when we were together.

Here is a link to listen to an interview I did with him on my radio show:

And a blog post in his honour:

LIESBET'S GIFT TO ROB :)


LIESBET'S VERY FIRST PAINTING, BELGIUM, 2007
MANAPOURI NZ MURAL, JEFF AND LIESBET, 2011
SOME OF LIESBET'S ROCKS, 2015

See my main site for more of our work together

https://dolphinmatrix.com/Jeff

Tasmania in general and Flinders Island in particular have some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in all of the Australia that I've come to know and love since 2000.

OLD MAN'S HEAD, FLINDERS ISLAND, 2011

Here are some selections of my Flinders Island photos. Note that Google has been threatening to take down their awesome Picasaweb platform, so these photos could disappear at any time. I am currently in the process of looking for a new photo-sharing platform to put my work on.

"NOSE ROCK", FLINDERS ISLAND







MOTHER EARTH TEMPLE, FLINDERS ISLAND 2011
(facing east from crown chakra medicine wheel)

In 2011 Liesbet and I lived at our friend's remote property on Flinders Island for over four months, during which time we conceived, embarked on and completed what is still the biggest and most comprehensive art project I've ever undertaken. We called it our 'Mother Earth Temple.' It contains, among other things, over 1000 rocks, 100+ of them painted; a metric ton or more of sand; symbols, designs and  motifs honouring several indigenous spiritual traditions and cosmologies; and over 1200 person-hours of exclusively manual labour.


This is the story of the freakiest thing not only that ever happened to me in Tasmania, and not only in Australia, but maybe in my whole life.

"THE GHOULEST AND THE COOLEST: A REAL HITCH-HIKING ADVENTURE" JEFF PHILLIPS
http://synthaissance.blogspot.com/2009/07/ghoulest-and-coolest-real-hitch-hiking.html

CUSHION PLANT WITH LOT'S WIFE,
PETER DOMBROVSKIS

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

"SANDFLY...SANDFLY...WHERE ART THOU?" JEFF PHILLIPS

 Austrosimulium australense
Hemophilius Bloodtuckeris


"SAND FLY, SAND FLY…WHERE ART THOU?"

Sand fly, sand fly, where art thou?
Hiding in yon shady bough?
Waiting for the cool of eve
Your next extractions to conceive?

Sand fly, sand fly, bite me not,
Behold the welts that you’ve begot!
Sand fly, sand fly go and bite
Another friend onto alight!

Sand fly, sand fly, I love you,
You’re God’s creature, pure and true,
You need blood ‘cause it’s your tucker,
Yet bless another with your sucker!

Sand fly, sand fly, seek in vain
A hidden artery to drain,
Our corpuscles live in fear
Of your tiny pointed sucking spear.

Sand fly, sand fly, biting hard,
When it comes to blood you’re no retard.
To feed your insatiable appetite
Our hemoglobin’s your delight!

Sand fly, sand fly, all around
How your numbers do abound!
Sand fly, sand fly, dining late,
May our bloods coagulate.

Sand fly, our sweet reddish bumps
Resembling chicken measle-mumps!
A, B, O, we’ve many kinds
Of bloods: your menu resource finds.

To comprehend, I cannot tell
If it’s blood or skin you like so well;
Fat or lymph or maybe sweat
Makes up the diet you have et!

Sand fly, sand fly, on my knee,
You’re my friend eternally.
Sand fly, sand fly, on my neck,
Ouch! That hurts, yo, what the heck?

Sand fly, sand fly, in the sky,
Draining us until we’re dry,
Until our blood clots hard and thick,
And you’ve had enough to make you sick!

Winged vampires, you’re so dear,
Drilling platform: please stay clear!
Attacking from within your cloud,
Dracula would yet be proud!

Sand fly, you’re insect ancestor,
But please don’t help our bites to fester!
For you this place a sanctuary,
But stay away from my capillary!

Yon wee avian parasite,
To many people you’re a fright!
You and mozzie in collusion
To perform another dire transfusion!

Mobile blood-banks we are to thou,
Our real purpose, here and now,
For us to become what sand-fly lacks,
A race of hemophiliacs!

Sand fly, sand fly, where art thou?
Hiding in yon shady bough,
Waiting for the cool of eve
Your next extraction to conceive?

JEFF PHILLIPS
JAN-FEB 2019
GOLDEN BAY NZ

Saturday, January 19, 2019

ROB ALLISTON, TASMANIAN ICON AND SPIRITUAL BROTHER...A TRIBUTE :)



 THUMBS UP ALL THE WAY :)
 HITCHING TO CRADLE MOUNTAIN
ROB READING...
 RESEARCHING FOR HIS BOOK
JUST BACK FROM KANGAROO ISLAND
PAINTING THAT LIESBET AND I GAVE ROB IN 2008
PAINTING I DID FOR ROB IN 2007, 'HUNAB HIKU'
 THREE HUMMOCK ISLAND
PART OF THE HUNTER GROUP OF ISLANDS

ON THE BRINK RADIO #262: HONOURING ROB ALLISTON, MY SPIRITUAL BROTHER
https://soundcloud.com/user-614281051/on-the-brink-radio-262-rob-alliston-tribute

When I visited Tasmania in June 2018 I got to catch up with my great old friend and soul brother Rob Alliston who used to live at Lorinna and was responsible for inviting me there in the beginning. For the last couple years he'd been living in a care facility in Sheffield, the town of murals between Lorinna and Devonport on the north coast.

Seeing Rob was great. He'd been battling Parkinson's disease since before I got in touch with him in 2003, but was holding up quite well. In June when I saw him he was using a walker to get around but when I arrived he had just had a fresh hair-cut and was getting ready to do some visiting in the facility.

We sat down and started reminiscing about our adventures of the past decade, the art I had done for him, the time we hitch-hiked to Cradle Mountain in a snow storm, when I stayed with him in Sheffield and he fell and had to go in the hospital. I asked him about the book he'd been trying to finish for several years and he said he'd made a lot of progress. Rob grew up on Three Hummock Island, a member of the Hunter Group off the northwest coast of Tasmania, and we'd been planning to go there together some day.

We made a plan to go to Three Hummock when I came back to Tassie next, as I've never been there. Just as I was about to leave, Rob got really serious and asked if he could share something important with me. His tone of voice concerned me and I listened very attentively to what he had to share.

He told me that he had recently overheard some of the doctors there talking about euthanasia, and they were talking about doing it to HIM. At first I thought he was joking but when I saw he wasn't, I pressed him to make sure he hadn't been imagining things or misunderstanding what they said, but he was adamant that this is what he heard. Even though Parkinson's is not known for dementia, I'd always been on the lookout for signs in Rob but had never detected even the slightest hint of it.

I asked what their possible motivation might be, as he was not a trouble-maker (au contraire, a popular personality on the ward), everything was paid for, and they had no shortage of empty rooms. I was deeply concerned and so was Rob. He said that I was the only person he'd told this to. His other friends and family are quite conservative to say the least, but he and I were on the same page with just about everything. A big part of our connection was our mutual love of the whales and dolphins and of the indigenous people of Australia. I had interviewed him three times for my radio show about his life and experiences in Tasmania and Australia as a whole.

This was June. Rob was in as good a health and high a spirit as I'd seen him, only using a walker a bit but other than that good as gold. Imagine my shock and horror to get an email in November telling me that he had passed away...four months after he told me the euthanasia story.  I had known him for over 15 years. 

ON THE BRINK INTERVIEWS WITH ROB FROM 2014

Monday, May 07, 2018

HAWAI'IAN VOLCANOS UPDATE: REPORT FROM 'GROUND ZERO' "SHAKY CITY COME TO VISIT..."

 PU'U O'O PLUMING YESTERDAY
 PU'U O'O FROM THE WEST,  NEW FISSURE
 KILAUEA OVERLOOK ONTO HALEAMAUMAU
 THERMAL IMAGE OF HALEAMAUMAU CRATER
 NEW CRACKS IN ROAD NEAR LEILANI ESTATE
 NAHAU CRATER ABOUT 4 MILES WEST OF PU'U O'O
AERIAL VIEW OF PU'U O'O, SHE'S EMPTY
 OVER 300 QUAKES IN ELLIPSE IN LAST 96 HRS
(NOTE: I AM NEAR THE HAWAIIAN SHORES SHADED AREA COAST)
 VIEW FROM JAGGER OVERLOOK (LUMIX TZ-15)
 VIEW FROM JAGGER OVERLOOK (LUMIX VXF-990)
VIEW FROM JAGGER OVERLOOK (NIKON D4S)
 MAUNA LOA
 MAUNA KEA
MAUNA KEA OBSERVATORY COMPLEX, KECKS 1 & 2

 MAUNA KEA OVER-LOOK...MISTY
 THE CALM BEFORE THE...SHOW?
BEAUTIFUL SPIDER ART :)

ON THE BRINK RADIO #247 HAWAI'IAN VOLCANOS UPDATE: REPORT FROM GROUND ZERO

Greetings from Hawaiian Volcanos Ground Zero. Well, not quite...'ground zero' would be where the lava has been coming out of the ground for the past 24 hours, about 12 miles from here. But about an hour ago I felt two quakes, one was around 5 or so but then the next one was, officials are saying, a 6.9 whose epicenter was about 17 miles from here. It shook the house for about 20 seconds. I was in the kitchen making a batch of certified organic vegetable and fruit juice, a long over-due treat possible because my friend loaned me her juicer...beet-root, carrot, celery, apple, ginger, and lemon...I continued jucing throughout the quake. But I was a bit unnerved with my friend came and told me than an announcement had said this quake was felt island-wide, and that we needed to be on stand-by to evacuate! Yikes. I diligently started organizing all my stuff, even though I am in the middle of several paintings and heaps of rocks. 

Lucky that I'm never that far away from being mobile, but there's no way I'm evacuating this place and leaving anything here, not with my flight to Sydney coming up on Monday 14 May. YAY...I get to come home again after over 3 months in Hawai'i. My Australian visa just got approved a couple days ago so I then moved ahead with getting a ticket. I've come to like it here quite a bit, especially in the last couple weeks due to a new friend who has taken me up to the volcanos a couple times, someone to share crazy adventurousness with. 

We went up to the summit of Mauna Kea two weeks ago, and I accidentally split the head of my drum 'Io Paikea Sun-thunder Kaka-Tatanka Wave Dancer' as I was drumming exactly at sunset, and exactly as Taiowa went down I hit the drum a bit too hard, and in the extreme low humidity and low temperature, it made a 10cm long crack in the head. Today I mended it with some vegan floss and Aqua-Seal, which should make it as good as new...and, just in case there was any connection between my drum and the volcano eruption that began a few days ago, to ask Pele to close the opening.

Interestingly, my friend Wally at whose house I'm staying, showed me a volcanos video a few days ago and I was inspired to look at the photographer's web-site, Mick Kalber. He is the premiere volcano photographer on the island, and he and Wally are old friends. I got in touch and he said he'd be happy to do an interview with me, but that, indeed, the next few days would be quite hectic, what with the collapse of the crater floor of Pu'u O'o, which had been brimming over with lava, but is now totally empty. All that lava went somewhere. And the Haleamaumau crater up within the main Kilauea has been very active. On Tuesday evening we saw huge fountains of lava leaping skyward, maybe 30 to 40 meters high, from a distance of 1.2 miles line of sight.

A large part of Leilani Estate has been evacuated since yesterday, due to lava coming up there through some fissures, with a good deal of gaseous emissions which can be nasty to inhale.

I asked Pele if she would put on a show for me while I was still on the island; she has come through, I just hope that we've seen the maximum displacements and shaking and eruptions already. The Hawai'ian volcanos are in general known for their relatively gentle eruptions and flows, which usually allows them to be studied and plenty of time for people to get out of the way of on-coming lava. But there's a lot of unpredictability, even among the experts.

I wanted to get this post up and out there just in case another bigger quake happens...but I am praying that it doesn't. Please send blessings and prayers for all of the Big Island, all of Hawai'i, including Kauai which was severely damaged by floods two weeks ago, and all of the marine life who will be under attack even more once RIMPAC starts in Hawai'ian waters in June.

I will keep you updated on a daily basis. If you'd like more information just email me at therockist@gmail.com

MUCH ALOHA AND MANY BLESSINGS FROM THE SHAKEY ISLES :)

ON THE BRINK RADIO #247 HAWAI'IAN VOLCANOS UPDATE: REPORT FROM GROUND ZERO

RELEVANT LINKS


MICK KALBER'S VIDEO PAGE

MICK'S WEBS-SITE

BRUCE OROMI'S WEB-SITE (STILL PHOTOGRAPHER)


HVO/USGS INFORMATION



https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_chronology.html