“You can’t get there from here…” an old saying that fits this land feature. The Point is a sliver of a steep ridge jutting out into the Southern Ocean. Walking it is like doing the edge of a razor blade. It is public land, but it would be extremely difficult and hazardous to get to it without walking through Windgrove. But no worries, Windgrove’s Gaia Walk takes you right there and even provides a bench for you to sit on. Following are some photos of The Point.
My last week in Tasmania was the new moon. Nights were dark and frequently clear. I moved my routine of working the cameras from day to all night. I am just now going through all these photos. The real surprise was finding the following photo taken at 4:05 AM on January 11. Continue reading Good Nights
Seating for Dialogue is one title that Peter Adams uses for describing a major aspect of his wood design practice – benches. As you walk around Windgrove there is always a bench waiting for you around the next corner. If you have friends with you, all the better. This post is simply updated photos of eight of his benches along the Gaia Walk. Continue reading Seating for Dialogue
Visual ecologist Aviva Reed was commissioned by Windgrove in 2012 to create 11 panels to illustrate the major periods and eras of life on earth for the newly created Gaia Walk. Here is her website. Her newest book is Eon, The Story of the Fossils. This post is simply photos of her 11 panels documented in situ after settling beautifully into the landscape. Presented in chronological order as you would walk the trail. The preceding post here gives a short intro to the Gaia Walk. Continue reading Aviva Reed’s Illustrated Panels for the Gaia Walk
The Gaia Walk is the main core and thread to touring and understanding Windgrove. It is a 1.2 kilometer trail through most parts of Windgrove that is a scaled tour of the evolution of life on earth. Each step you take is 500,000 years. It starts 600 million years ago and ends up at “Today”. This post is not an attempt to document the walk. As noted, these posts are a dump of photos taken during my residency and augment the existing extensive photos of Windgrove. However, many of the themes I am trying to visualize hang off of the Gaia Walk. We have to start with it. If you want to understand more, check out the Windgrove website – search for “Gaia Walk” in the search box and peruse the posts in order. Or you can just read the damn sign that starts off the walk…. Continue reading Gaia Walk
Twice Windgrove hosted Australia’s national Sculpture By The Sea festival in its early years. Tens of thousands of people roamed Windgrove and looked at sculptures and views of the Southern Ocean. For one festival in 2001 Jenny Dewhurst hauled in tons of gray stones smoothed by the action of breaking waves, along with thousands of pieces of sea glass found on the beach. Continue reading Circles and Trees, Addendum – J. Dewhurst
For more than 20 years, Peter Adams has planted more than 9,000 trees at Windgrove’s 65 acres. Previously the land had been decimated by decades of unsustainable farming. Planting trees was one way to start the healing. The land becomes a canvas and the trees become the brush. Peter – without drones, airplanes, surveying equipment, or google satellites – started making patterns. The circle became the shape of power. This post is a collection of aerial views of the circles and old photos of Peter planting trees. Continue reading Circles and Trees
Continuing with current plan that for the next few months this blog will house a catalogue of photographs I took for Peter Adams and Windgrove during my 2 month residency, I post a few more based loosely on themes. These photos are intended to be used by Windgrove for documentation and promotional purposes. They are easy for people to see and link to. Click on the photo to see a version that is designed for screen-based presentations. Since many of the regular readers here know Peter, I will add in a few notes here and there. Enjoy. Continue reading Workingman. Portraits of Peter Adams Working
There are a number of artists who have permanent installations at Windgrove. Most are obvious and visible, but Sally Horne’s Moonstone Mandala Temple in the Valley of Hope is a secret. You can never find it without a guide – and Windgrove is not that big! It is very tucked away in a hidden gully. In the detail shot you can see the 29 phases of the moon painted on rocks from the shores nearby. Click on a photo to see a higher res version.
There are two large sculptures at Windgrove by Peter Adams that were too difficult to transport to Hobart for professional photographs. Plus, the photographer’s studio couldn’t hold them. So on rare evenings when it wasn’t windy, cloudy, cold, rainy, or crowded with guests, we photographed them in his front yard. For you photo geeks out there, this is using a little Fuji mirrorless APC camera to mimic a 4×5 camera. The resulting image is 14K x 10K. At full res you can count the legs on the little lady bug up on the top left corner. Continue reading Budda Beads and Belly Buttons
I’ve decided to use this blog as a catalog for photos of Windgrove that Windgrove’s creator, Peter Adams, can peruse and choose from. You, lucky or not, get to peruse them as well. These are photos I took during the 2 month residency there and augment the more than 3,000 photos that Peter has in his collection. Slowly, over these cold weeks here on the east coast of the US, as winter refuses to die, I am culling and prepping images that he can use. In May, Peter is one of three individuals selected to speak to his 50th graduating class at Harvard. Apparently he needs some photos to help him… So here they come. No text, no explanation, just images. Organized by themes that he and I worked with over the last 2 years. Somehow the images feel better here than on Flickr. Its quiet here and only a few people. Enjoy. (Click an image for higher res version). Continue reading Windgrove Peace Garden, Tasmania
How can you not fall in love with Wedge Island? It’s like the soft gentle warm back of the old family dog sitting on the porch looking out at the far off perimeters. Guarding. Protecting. Head on paws. Watching as boats and storms go by – nary a twitch of the ear, just an eye tracking the wake. Who knows, Antarctica is only 2000 miles away, one needs to always be on the ready… And the name, Wedge Island, can it be any better? Nope. You can’t forget it. So Wedge Island has become my Monet’s Haystack. I can’t keep from making images of it. However, Wedge Island has another side – its head that faces the Antarctic and the onslaught of rough weather. Continue reading A Mad Crush on Wedge Island
A deep bow and a tip of the lens cap to @jvhenkel and “his” hashtag #treesarebeautiful. It was a highlight of my last year in terms of social media and an important contrast for me to the din of Facebook’s echo chamber. It made many of us look at trees a bit more. If you don’t follow Jim on Instagram, you should. I hope that 2018 continues the trend. Touring around Tasmania these last weeks and thinking of the hashtag enticed my camera to focus on trees occasionally. These following ones won’t make it to Instagram, but enjoy them in the spirit of #treesarebeautiful. Thanks Jim. Happy New Year. Continue reading #TreesAreBeautiful.
I am not going to waste bandwidth describing again Cubed, the great solar eco silver coffee van trailer in Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania. You can read my earlier posts from two years ago here and a follow up here. Or you can check out Laurie and Fabienne’s website here. Just today I finally got to stop by and have a flat white like no other. Now, after a mere 3 years of Cubed making single origin espresso coffee and German sweets from sustainable sources, it is clear that people have gotten the message. They now show up to get their photo in front of Cubed – not a shot just 3 meters away of themselves in front of the dramatic Tasman Peninsula and the sheer cliffs of Cape Hauy. Continue reading Cubed. Still the World’s Best Coffee, Location, People, and Aprons
I took 2 weekends off from the Residency and saw more of Tasmania. Traveling with Peter is always an adventure, but you get to see some pristine amazing spots very much off the beaten track. Just be prepared: 4 wheel drive, hand saws, lots of water, and road-side emergency care. Continue reading Traveling With Peter – The Hazards of Freycinet
This post marks the break between two trips to Tasmania. Everything below this post (earlier) is about the first trip, December 2015 – March 2016, Understanding Standing Under. Everything above this post is from the current trip November 2017 – January 2018, Slow Exposure. Continue reading Dividing Line
“Testing, Testing, 1,2,3…” After almost 2 years of being dormant, this blog is going to become active. The sequel begins. I am headed back down to Tasmania in mid-November for 2 months of work. You are reading this post, most likely, because you got an email from WordPress. I just wanted to give you a heads up. Continue reading “Going Down?” Yes.
Well the Pest is finally leaving New Zealand. One less invasive species for them to monitor. In a few months Ms. Biodiversity will also leave and at that point all monitoring can stop. No more wildlife will be disturbed. Maryland, on the other hand, should start a watch…
Here are a few last tag-along images. Continue reading Tag-Along Series #8: The End
One more Volcano post. A sad one. This is Mt. Taranaki who is basically isolated from all the other volcanos. He is at rest on the coast near New Plymouth. He lost at love and some think he is waiting for revenge. Continue reading A Volcano Alone and Separated From Love
Yes, I know. There are volcanos everywhere and we have all seen them, but I have never spent any quality time with volcanos so my last hurrah of a trip down-under was to tramp for 3 days around the bottoms, middles, and definitely the tops of active volcanoes. Tongariro has 3 of the most famous ones in NZ and I visited all three which are in a nice tight group. So, pictures of volcanos are a dime a dozen, but these are my dozen (actually a baker’s dozen). Continue reading Pictures of Volcanos
Finally I can come home and people under 30 will respect me. I saw some locations for a famous film series today. Not sure, but here I think someone lost a finger here, someone found a ring, and a little whimpering fleshy pale guy who likes to crawl around the ground made his appearance nearby. Black Gate must be close by… and some really really bad guys. Continue reading The LOTR Checkbox is Finally Checked
I should probably just stop this post here with the title and photo, but you can’t make this stuff up. Continue reading Tractors of the Whangamomona Republic
I flew to New Plymouth today to finally see, after a lifetime, the Len Lye Center and Museum. Artist/Animators don’t get much respect in the states, but here in New Zealand they have honored him with this huge amazing museum to house his archives, works, and created a research library for scholars to study his career. Continue reading Len Lye Pilgrimage
The tag-along series is winding down. Time to say good-bye. This is Emily and 3 of her Fulbright teacher cohorts on a hike. Minneapolis, Oakland, LA, and Baltimore are represented here. Continue reading Tag-Along Series #7
There is a small isolated wind-swept island in the middle of Wellington Bay. It is most renown for being a quarantine for arriving passengers and then later for diseased animals. There is this one tree, totally contorted by the environment, that sits on the highest hill. If I was going to be here for a number of seasons I would turn it into my “Monet Haystacks” and head out there in all environments to photograph it. Continue reading One Tree
and I would definitely have the cow bell.
Rhysonic is the name. He has his own Vimeo channel with some clips of him playing bells, tubes, and other things.
Academia regularly uses the term “Aspirational Peer.” When planning, institutions will list who they think their peer institutions are, but they will also make another list of institutions they aspire to become – something to shoot for and communicate their most important values. This post is for Lee Boot who loves oceans, sailing, humanity, and cities. He also has visions and limitless energy to make Baltimore the best. This is a seed to plant that Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, should be one of Inner Harbor’s aspirational peers. Continue reading Wellington: Baltimore Inner Harbor’s Aspirational Peer