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Charcoal Drawing: Point Addis
July 1, 2012

I carefully pick my way down the steep stairs onto the beach.

My eye is attracted by the dune vegetation meeting the rocky bluff with its wind shorn trees.

The silvery grasses of the dune contrast with the dark skeletons of branches and roots picked bare by the wind.

The rolling waves roar onto the beach.

A line of surfers – their white boards held against their black wet suits – wend their way back up the bluff.

Point Addis Beach, 21st of April 2012

The sun is warm

Dark clouds lurk

A particularly impressive one glowers at me.

Showers drift across further out to sea.

Will I need to depart in a hurry if I don’t want to get wet?

A falcon on a distant cliff maintains its vigilance.

The beach is now deserted

No walkers have passed

I am complete in my solitude.

Iron Bark Track Lookout, Point Addis, 26th April 2012

 Earlier in my walk, I had been showered with the downey feathers of  a bird which the falcon had attacked. Unfortunately for the falcon, its prey escaped.

Point Addis is located between the towns of Torquay and Anglesea on Victoria’s Surf Coast.

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Charcoal Drawing: Point Addis Koorie Heritage Walk
June 14, 2012

These are the first grass trees I have seen on this walk.

The forest is twisted and tangled

Stunted Iron Barks

Silence

The sky is greying

The wind rustles the canopy overhead.

There was a cracker of a thunderstorm last night,

Little evidence of the heavy rain this morning apart from dampened ground.

On the way here, a mob of kangaroos surveyed me with curiosity from the safety of a paddock.

22nd April 2012.

The Austral Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea australis) was useful to aboriginal people. 

 The resin from the leaves was used to cement stone axe heads and and spear tips to wooden handles.

The young leaves and roots were eaten whilst the nectar from the flowers was a sweet treat.

22nd April 2012

Spiritual Song of the Australian Aborigine

I am a child of the Dreamtime People

Part of this Land, like the gnarled gum tree

I am the river, softly singing

Chanting our songs on the way to the sea

My spirit is the dust-devils

Mirages, that dance on the plain

I’m the snow, the wind and the falling rain

I’m part of the rocks and the red desert earth

Red as the blood that flows in my veins

I am an eagle, crow and snake that glides

Through the rain forest that clings to the mountain side

I awakened here when the earth was new

There was emu, wombat and kangaroo

No other man of a different hue

I am this land

And this land is me

I am Australia.

Hyllus Noel Maris

(1934 – 1986)

Hyllus Noel Maris was of Yorta Yorta and Wurundjeri descent.

Her poem, ‘Spiritual Song of the Australian Aborigine’, appears in abridged form on a sign at a look out at the end of the Koorie Heritage Walk. The lookout gives views across Bass Strait and along the coast to the entrance to Port Phillip Bay.

Representatives of the local Wathaurong community contributed to the development of the walk.

Point Addis lies between Torquay and Anglesea on Victoria’s Surf Coast.