“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” ~ ALFRED AUSTIN
This is my Secret Garden. My work of the last 2 years has culminated at this point. This piece is so very complex, but I will try to explain it to you.
This is me. I am from the earth, of the earth, striving to save the earth. She is me, I am her.
I live in the country on Kangaroo Island (Australia), surrounded by nature. I have wild kangaroos in my front yard every night, koalas in my trees, and my son Henley and I walk every day, and celebrate the amazing place we live. This nature has engulfed my being.
On average, I have been taking about 100 images with my Canon PowerShot camera every single day for the past two years. Macro bugs, macro wildflowers, skies, dead trees, birds, flowers, shells, leaves, images from my orchard, burnt trees from the bushfires, dried up drought-affected dam bases, kangaroos, and of course, my son Henley. So many images have gone into this one piece.
There are two worlds here. The abundant and thriving; and the dying, the gone forever. Our house was surrounded by devastating bushfires in Dec 2007 – a time I will never forget. Nothing but smoke could be seen out the windows. This land is vulnerable and changing for the worse every year as a result of Global Warming. It is an issue so very close to my heart because it is on my doorstep.
What will this world be like for my child and all the children of now? Famine, drought, heat waves, extreme weather patterns and natural catastrophes, massive bushfires, more war, no jobs, no money, more disease, more animals extinct forever, less trees and rainforests, less farmers, less food. We are seeing it now. Something has to be done.
My forehead shows a migraine I recently had during a heatwave. It felt like a penetrating light was entering my eye and illuminating half of my brain before exiting at the base of my skull where the vision centre of the brain is. It was very powerful to me. Vision. Have the vision before the world dies. Mother Earth is dying, as is half of me.
What are you doing to help the earth survive? It’s up to our generation, or there will be nothing left.
Your thoughts on this topic are most welcome….
All images taken by me except:
Brain, Blood Spatter, & Moon Brushes: PS Brushes.net
From Deviant Art:
Fire Brushes: Purestock
Grass Brushes: Annamari-annie
Twig Brushes: Clandestine-stock
Star Brushes: Kuschelirmel-stock
Vine Brushes: gvalkyrie & macys
Tree Roots: Rogue-stock , Kaeloth, & Ninde
Green Tree: Its-only-stock
Rainbow Image: Stock-by-Kai
Let me know what you think!*