The solace of wild places

After the tragic and inexplicable loss of two of our best friends I’ve been finding some solace in seeking out the natural and the wild places. Not truly wild perhaps, and very much on the edges of the city and suburbs, but mostly untouched, and uncrowded. I’ve been lucky enough to be on leave from work so have had some time to walk and think. There’s something about the nature of walking that is both meditative and therapeutic, especially walking in nature. I’ve written about that before as have many others. I also enjoy cycling, for the harder physical exercise and the social side, but when you’re riding a bike you have to concentrate on that. Walking is different.

So, I’ve been walking some of my old favourite walks on the Mornington Peninsula, mostly by myself, but sometimes with friends. And it’s helped a lot. I usually take my camera, so here are some of the images from the last couple of weeks. Poems are coming, particularly one I’m working on about entering the Estuary at Mt Martha and coming into that world out of the shoreline.

 

Merricks to Red Hill walk
Pines. Merricks to Red Hill trail

Milky
Milky waves. Shoreham Beach.

Crunchie Point
Crunchie Point, Point Leo

Point Nepean
Storm coming, Point Nepean.

Point Nepean
Walking among Moonah Trees, Point Nepean

The Southern Ocean
The edge of the Southern Ocean

Point Nepean
Fortifications, Point Nepean

Bird Rock to Fossil Beach
Near Fossil Beach

 

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