I’m reminded that without earth many things just wouldn’t be. The gifts we get from the earth are endless.
Earth is a myriad of colours and textures – one minute earthy brown mud, the next red sandy soil.
Just like people really – we’re all different colours but we all need stability, good grounding, roots (family), water, fertiliser, earth, sunshine and love, so that we too can blossom and grow.
Without earth, where would we be?
Ochre from the earth (dirt)
A few years ago we were fortunate to do a cultural walking tour in the Flinders Ranges (in South Australia), staying with the Adnyamathanha people, who generously shared their culture and history with us.
On one day trip we visited the ochre fields and learnt about the importance of ochre, what the colours meant, how it was used in trade and how it was transported in the hair.
White was for the spirit world, yellow was for a renewal, red for the blood of the earth, brown for Mother Earth and breathing, and purple to cleanse and reboot.
Each colour was dotted onto our faces, forehead and neck in an almost spiritual way. In fact, it was almost like a blessing.
With the addition of each colour we were asked if we were ready to connect to the earth, take charge of our lives, reboot, accept the spirit world…and so on. It was an amazing experience.
Without the rain there would be no rainbows!
Bushfires have ravaged our area in recent times but at other times fire is welcome (like in winter).
A windblown tree and wind damage to the sunroom which was repaired within a few weeks thankfully!
Sunday Stills and #WQW
Terri is back with Sunday Stills photo challenge for 2022 and the prompt this week is all about The Elements – earth/wind/fire/water. You can read Terri’s post here The Power of the Elements where she also announces her WOTY.
Marsha has #WQW (Writers Quote Wednesday) where the only rule is you must include a quote, so I’m linking to her post as well.
Please note, I asked The Mathematician to give me a title for today’s post and he came up with Hot, Wet, Dirt and Rustle – he loves puzzles and this is his idea of a word puzzle based on Earth, Wind, Fire and Water 🙂 It’s his birthday today so we’ll humour him and go along with it!
I do hope you enjoyed my earth shots from the land down under 🙂
All my Sunday Stills posts can be found here – I’ve been doing these for quite some time now!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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