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Donna Macarone

Ingham, Australia

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This was an experiment I did painting with a pallet knife. The waterfall is Wallerman falls found in North Queensland.
At the time I painted this one there had been another base jumper who failed to make the jump, (this happens to often here).It got me thinking of the legend of The Boulders (it is a swimming hole that flows into a very dangerous rapid among huge boulders)up near Babinda. According to legend a beautiful girl named Oolana, from the Yidinji people, married a respected elder from her tribe named Waroonoo. Shortly after their union another tribe moved into the area and a handsome young man came into her life. His name was Dyga and the pair soon fell in love. Realising the adulterous crime they were committing, the young lovers escaped their tribes and fled into the valleys. The elders captured them, but Oolana broke free from her captors and threw herself into the still waters of what is now known as Babinda Boulders, calling for Dyga to follow her. As Dyga hit the waters, her anguished cries for her lost lover turned the still waters into a rushing torrent and the land shook with sorrow. Huge boulders were scattered around the creek and the crying Oolana disappeared among them.

Aboriginal legend says her spirit still guards the boulders and that her calls for her lost lover can still be heard. Out of the 15 deaths 14 were male.

Anyway that is a long winded way of saying I was thinking of all of those who have died at the falls and were watching on, waiting for the next person to faulter and it inspired me to do this


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