Psychogeography is the study of the effects of the urban environment on the emotions and behaviour of individuals. It caught my attention the other day. For me it blends hobby (haiku) with professional interests (urban design).
This school of thought relies on the 'derive' - where you walk with the sole objective of letting your interests in the immediate surrounds guide your route and being open to encounters along the way - much like taking an urban ginko.
Back burning in the national parks begins early Spring. The suburbs take on a surreal glow from the sun through the rising smoke. The light and the smell of ash from the first back burn signals summer is around the corner, when the bushfires start.
balconies lit by a smouldering sun first back burn
An on-line collection of haiku written by Australians can be found at The Dreaming Collection. Its a delightful little site with haiku tumbled into various categories such as suburbs, the outback, pubs, sport, sheep...
They're currently running a competition to unearth more Australian haiku. It's free to enter and it's open to international folk. Entries need to be in by 1 July.
The above photograph was taken last week during business hours. The surf was incredible. At least 50 guys must have called in sick at work that morning and were spending the day riding perfect wave after perfect wave. You can tell we're in the depths of winter by the guys' full body wetsuits.
There are words that go with this picture, but the above competition wants unpublished work only (including blogs... I checked).
Thanks to everyone that visits this site, and to those of you that take the time to comment. I still feel like the new kid in the sandbox, but I have noticed the writing community is very supportive. You all rock.
dew soaked grass
my son's small footprints
I might dedicate this one to Patrick Gillespie of PoemShape and Polona of Crows & Daisies, as they have followed this blog from the outset. Thank you very much.