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.
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"
HUMPBACKS AND SOUTHERN RIGHTS
RED HAND FISH
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.
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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.
See my main site for more of our work together