I'm not sure what it is about these two photos, but I loved the way they seemed to go together. Even though one is just a stark tree in black and white, and the other is of line-dancers at a local bowling club. Maybe it is about regional Australia; a harshness; a connection to the land, but a desire for connection to people.
Listening to a podcast while mowing the lawn, I heard a TED talk given by Marla Spivak on the disappearance of bees. As I was almost mowing over a few thousand clover that had cropped up on our front lawn Marla began saying that due to the clearing of land for monocultures, such as corn and soy, and the pesticides needed to maintain them - the bees are dying. Bees love wild flowers such as clover and alfalfa. As I looked down at my feet I started to see bees, a couple at first, then more: maybe a dozen of them buzzing from clover to clover.
Marla has allowed her garden to become overgrown with wildflowers. I'm not sure if our neighbours would appreciate it, but it would be nice to have our garden as a haven for the endangered bee.
(There is a link to Marla's TED talk below).
I have a sculpture in the Swell Sculpture Festival, which runs until September 20th at Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast. There is something for everyone, with a fantastic variety of sculpture; artist talks; kids activities and music. There is also an audio tour of the sculptures at Soundcloud (just download the Soundcloud app and search Swell Sculpture). Hope to see you there!
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