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Wave Song on Putty Beach – Ocean Meditation

Feel the sea spray on your cheeks. Sense the wind in your hair. Feel the sun on your shoulders. Feel the sand beneath your feet. Feel the water rush up between your toes and run back down the beach again. Smell the salt air. Listen to the pulsating sound of the waves. Sense the power. Hear the healing energy.

“Like us, the sea is ever-changing. And, like us, the earth’s vast oceans appear at a distance to be stable and homogenous. But beneath the mask of solidity that both we and the sea wear, there lies unpredictability, sensitivity, and power. There is much we can learn from the ocean, representative as it is of our inner landscapes. The rough sounds of the sea’s waves are spiritually soothing, and its salt can purify our physical selves. Yet not everyone has the luxury of living by the shore or even visiting the coastlines where water and land meet. The ocean, however, exists in our conscious minds, put there by images we have seen and descriptions we have read. Wherever we are, we can access that mental image and use it as the starting point from which we can help to heal our emotions by meditating on the sea.

Just as the ocean’s tides sweep the shores free of detritus, restoring balance, so can the waves in our mind’s eye cleanse our souls of what no longer serves us.”

From Daily OM – Madisyn Taylor

Enjoy this oceanscape filmed at Putty Beach, Bouddi National Park, NSW, Australia in Oct 2013.

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Sydney Harbour Soundscape

Sitting in front of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Australia this captures a typical sunny day in Sydney Harbour. Just add a kalimba!

I had just viewed an incredible exhibit called “String Theory” in the museum, a melding of basket weaving, dolls, and sculpture all involving string, thread or fibre. It particularly made my heart sing.

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I hope that my soulful musical meditation lifts you to a good place.

FYI, the necklace I am wearing in this video was made by The Enchanted Shaman.

 

Falling Waters Soundscape

Nelson Falls in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park in the Tasmanian wilderness is a gorgeous wall of water tumbling some 30m in an upside down wine glass shape. It was overflowing due to three days of rain. I was pleased that the falls overpowered my vocals. This is just a brief little sonic glimpse into the rainforest on this Australian island.

For a fuller look check this soundscape.

Bouddi National Park, NSW, Australia

You want a hike with spectacular ocean views? Visit Bouddi National Park in New South Wales, Australia. It is located in the Central Coast area, far enough away from the Pacific Highway not to be too touristy.

We took the Bouddi Coastal Walk from Maitland Bay to Putty Beach, almost 5 KM.Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 11.41.52 AM

The uplifting laughter of the kookaburras greeted us as we pulled into the parking lot, perhaps because we got mooned.

Even though the sign says "No Unclad Bathing" we were presented with a bare bum as we pulled into the parking lot.

Even though the sign says “No Unclad Bathing” we were presented with a bare bum as we pulled into the parking lot.

Listed as a “medium difficulty” hike, this path would be much more difficult if not for the stairs, railings, bridges and boardwalks which have been installed in recent years.

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The walk down to Maitland Bay beach, 195 metres is through rugged gullies, dry eucalypt forests, gum trees, emerging spring flowers, and bottle brush bushes of all types.

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IMG_0148 IMG_0147 Just over 1KM straight down means you have to come up again! But the very steep climb was worth the effort.

Maitland Bay, named after the shipwrecked Maitland

Maitland Bay, named after the shipwrecked S S Maitland, in the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean

A lovely deserted sandstone-coloured beach awaited us. A gentle breeze off the ocean helped me to cool off. Tessalations and sandstone formations abound. I could have spent hours photographing. Thanks to our Canadian-born guide, Rossanne Hyde, who pulled out morning tea on cue, just at the right spot!

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I was glad not to meet the huge spiders who claimed these holes as home.

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The path continued along the ridge, up and down (quite literally) for a few kilometres, deaking in and out of cool forest and dry desert type vegetation. Stunning vistas at almost every lookout.

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We passed beautiful flannel flowers, Actinotus helianthi. Soft furry-down daisy-like flowers, exactly the texture of flannelette.

IMG_0192 IMG_0194 IMG_0201Breathtaking views of Lion Island and North Sydney in the distance.

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viewThe path and boardwalk continues along the ridge at dizzying heights, looking down at least 50 metres to the crashing surf below.

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I was just really glad there were railings along certain spots!  Apparently 30 years ago this trail had none.IMG_0261

Local brides climb all the way up here in their gowns to get photographs taken.

IMG_0239And more tessalations!IMG_0244This sandstone platform was probably one of the highlights of the hike near Gerrin Point lookout.

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tessalated T-shirt to match

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As we came down the final steepest incline Putty Beach greeted us. A wide expanse of sand and surf over 1KM long.

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All in all a spectacular way to spend three hours in Australia!

Airlie Beach

As you may have figured from reading my posts, I am a shorewalker. I love the sound of the waves. (That’s why I named my Etsy shop WaveSong). But most of all I love beachcombing.

IMG_0114Most of the beaches I have been on while on my trip to Australia have been pure sand.  And not much else. Not that pure sand isn’t lovely and all. But the treasure-hunter self in me is always more fulfilled by flotsam and jetsam.

IMG_1523So I was tickled to find something more on the little tiny natural bit of sand at Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland.

Low and behold I look down and find these. What I might call the Australian version of my beloved Lucky StonesIMG_0110 These are a shell-like disc with a natural hole. Perfect as supplies for the textile-artist in me.IMG_0117I was told that most Aussies don’t sit on the beach in Queensland. That might be because of the crocodiles and the hazardous marine stingers!  Good call.IMG_0113Thus the bottle of vinegar supplied by the local authorities.

So they built a beautiful swimming lagoon right next to the beach instead!IMG_0086 IMG_0087 I have been so impressed with the beauty of the public spaces in Australia. Obviously it’s because they live outside all year, and don’t spend their public budgets on snow removal.

Public spaces are smartly designed and fitted out with lots of sculpture and art. And Airlie Beach did not disappoint in this regard. Like these sidewalk mosaics by Robyn Muller, called Lowtide Clams.IMG_0093

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Children’s wading area nicely covered with shade.

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The whole area has a lovely boardwalk too. Including stovetops for “putting on the Barbie”, fresh water showers, toilets, change rooms, benches, picnic tables, alcohol free zones, playground equipment with a wheelchair-accessible swing and sand approaches to the swimming area. And lifeguards.IMG_0121

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Even a permanent ping pong table.

Airlie Beach really caters to guests and has some typical tourist trappings, but not kitschy. It is a haven for the wealthy and the poor backpacker alike.

Have you ever been to a beach like this?