‘I love her jewel-sea …’

By: Kirsty

Jul 13 2010

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Category: bush magic


Focal Length:200mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II

‘… I love her far horizons,

I love her jewel-sea

Her beauty and her terror

The wide brown land for me …’

Extract from ‘My Country’ by Dorothea MacKellar

Carl Safina: The oil spill’s unseen culprits, victims | Video on TED.com

I am digressing from my usual format to share the above link. The video runs for about 20 minutes. Please take the time to watch it. It is stuff we all need to know. Then, if you are as moved as I am by this intelligent and compassionate  man’s words, please share it through your networks. I want as many people as possible to see it.

13 comments on “‘I love her jewel-sea …’”

  1. Kirsty, this is a lovely photograph, and great poem. Unfortunately, my internet connection is rarely fast enough for me to watch a 2 min video, never mind a 20 min one! I wish I could!

  2. I have just discovered that the link wasn’t working. My apologies, it’s fixed now.

  3. Beautiful, beautiful photo. Lovely poem. I hope the oil is stopped, fully, with what they are working on. I was totally moved by the video you posted and many others I have viewed. It is confusing to me how the overall sentiment of the public is “enough already” and very little gets done in the direction of pushing for clean energy. Our dependence on oil is the home where all this starts. I know that. Something needs to happen on the political end that pushes for making oil to expensive a fuel and other forms more accessible to us. Thank-you for this post, Kirsty!

    • I wish I knew the answers Leslie. I believe it’s important that people be informed about the situation, and this video is certainly informative. There is a lot of focus on finding someone to blame. Perhaps it would help if we could redirect that energy and instead focus on how we want the world to be. We won’t achieve it overnight, but millions of baby steps will soon add up. In fact, I believe this is already happening.

      • Hi Kirsty. I hope I didn’t give the impression I was blaming politicians. I take responsibility for my “use”of oil and wish I could have the option to eliminate that and my use of electricity from coal. I have tried to look very closely at who I am voting for and pay careful attention to what they believe about issues such as green and protecting wildlife and preserving natural habitats. I know, I know. They can say one thing and do another. I have read some recent books on these issues and what the scientists are saying.Plastics in the ocean is another of my concerns. Now this! We are a greedy animal, we humans, and I agree with you that people need to “SEE” so their minds will be changed. Sorry if my short answer, above really did not express my concern.

      • Oh Leslie, my comment about the tendency to blame was not directed at you. It was just an observation about what I see happening in the press.

  4. Its a poignant match, this beautiful photo and stirring poem (which I LOVE), with the tragedy of the oil spill.
    I will check out the link, thanks Kirsty

    • I love the poem too. I admit to quoting it in a previous post, with a shot taken in Dorothea MacKellar territory. I have been deeply troubled about the oil spill. I promise to talk about something more cheerful in my next post. 🙂

  5. Beauty and tragedy – a sad comment on our time. Thanks for sharing this Kirsty.

  6. Carl Safina’s piece is great for information and images. Very educational, thank you. I will attempt to post it also, Kristy. His image of a dolphin coming up next to a fishing boat and blowing oil out of its blowhole is incredible. It sounds as if the dolphin was trying to communicate what had happened to it to the human species which is responsible.

    • it’s so moving, isn’t it. He is a man who truly loves the ocean. He has a lot to teach the ‘big guys’. I hope they see this. Please do share it. Maybe it will get back to an oil executive. Six degrees and all that!

      • LOL–six degress indeed. I’ve been trying to get my thoughts coherent for a post on these BP people for weeks now and your posts helped me to focus. Thanks. Also gave me the idea of finding BP’s website online and sure enough there THEY were–with biographies and all! LOL. Hence the links on my post to THEM and their portraits online. Hmm. Maybe if their site manager discovers the links they’ll ‘connect’. Hmm. Naw, that’s highly unlikely but…
        LOL> Thanks so much.

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