Mary Gardner These past few weeks, the waves drop and surfers are becalmed. As the days lengthen, the spring flush of phytoplankton, the free-floating mass of single-cell life, makes the water a murky green. Visibility closes in for me and... Read More →
The Big Prawn, now fronting the Bunnings car park in Ballina, is overwhelming. It’s as huge for what it represents in Australian culture: cooked crustaceans. But what of the green and brown living creatures themselves?
You may retreat, panic or get depressed. You give up on the future of the world. The more realistic your assessment, the more profound and dark can be your emotional reaction. Story & photo Mary Gardner Somehow we get... Read More →
Sleep researchers … describe dreaming as a virtual world and sages in many of the world’s traditions describe being in dreams as visiting alternate worlds. Story & photo Mary Gardner In an instant, I sense a change in the air... Read More →
Story & photo Mary Gardner How did flatheads reach the top of the news last week? From May 3 to 23, the NSW government removed fishing quotas relating to these fishes in state waters (three nautical miles). Was their action... Read More →
Story & photo Mary Gardner On the shore of the ocean, all dead woods are equal now. Whether as wrecks of trees or old ships from the 1800s – all are surrendered to the salty water and the heavy sand.... Read More →
Story & photo Mary Gardner Our recent storms have origins in tropic seas far away. In their passing, they leave on the beach nuggets of news. Nature being as it is, the news is in code. I scrutinise the pumice... Read More →