A delicate balance,

A delicate balance,


A delicate balance,

spinning in deep space

but hanging on with a weak grasp,

grounded by gravity

but rooted in a skeletal soil,

breathing in the thin

swathe of gases embracing this earth.


A fragile kiss of life

on the eucalyptus lips,

lips which will then part

and exhale for us all

who breathe today

but maybe not tomorrow.



Note: Photo by Gabrielle Bryden

Bundaberg Flood Anniversary (Haiku)

Bundaberg Flood Anniversary (Haiku)

It is one year (this week) since the devastating floods of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia 2013.

The town is still recovering – roads are still being fixed, some houses are still empty, some residents are still displaced. But great progress has also been made and the people of Bundaberg are nothing if not resilient.

Here is a photo of a boat, out of place on a footpath near the Burnett River (which is the river that flows through Bundaberg); unceremoniously dumped by the floodwaters.

If you look closely (with a microscope 😉 ) you will see the owners have written ‘not abandoned‘ on the back of the boat. They are warning people to stay away from the boat as it is waiting to be salvaged.


resized floods Bundy 2013 by MB (640x478)

not abandoned

blame the Burnett River

who stole you

resized bloat by Michael (640x479)

Photos by Michael Bryden

For all those affected by the floods, keep on keeping on!


Hang in There

Hang in There

photo by G Bryden

Hang in There

A green tree frog poses, plastered on a dry brick wall, with muscle and tendon apparent under the transparency of thin skin. All lithe and defiance, of gravity and the gravitas of life, focussed on appetite and living, the exact now of being.

 frog on a wall

flouting the gravity

of this life


For Maria 😀

Zen Duck

Zen Duck

duck school - Copy

mother duck teaching

her budding  ducklings the way

sunlight and shade


Note: The mother Muscovy duck is the one on the left with the red around the eyes – her name is Spankleshank (named by the girl 🙂 )

Nudder Note: We gave away 14 ducklings and a rooster on the weekend – this is a good thing 😁