The Aboriginal Dreamtime and the Great Flood. Part One

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The life of the Australian Aborigine

Written by Gary Wonning

This is part one of a three part series.

It had been a month long adventure.

After spending a month in the outback of Australia learning the aboriginal ways, I had seen and learned things I had never even imagined could exist. 

Even though we were looking forward to going home, the highlight of the adventure was yet to come.

Gallivanting around  in the outback for over three weeks, time had become irrelevant, I never realized it at the time, this was July 7th , 1989. Before leaving home, it was revealed to me that this day, July 7, 1989 would be a special day.

At the prompting of our aboriginal driver, begrudgingly, I decided to take a look at one more Aboriginal rock art site on sacred land.

We had seen a ton of sacred sites over the last thirty day, the last thing I wanted to do was go see another one, after awhile, they all begin to look alike.

After giving it some thought, I changed  my mind and decided to go, I probably wouldn’t get back this way anytime soon.

As the bus traveled along the dusty dirt road leading to the site, I began to feel as if I was entering another dimension, I no longer felt I was part of the group of photographers on the bus.

As the bus screeched to a stop, and ignoring the sign about entering sacred aboriginal land without permission was punishable by a five thousand dollar fine, I walked around to the back of Ubirr Rock, the home of Namarrgon, Lightning Man,  and began the steep ascent.

Namarrgon is the name for Lightning Man, a dreamtime figure who signals the arrival of the Wet Season in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

With electric power striking from his ears and his toes, Lightning Man tells Aboriginal people when the time is ripe to pick bush tucker, like the Kakadu Plum.

But his forces are strong, and caution is needed. Simon Badari of Oenpelli in Arnhem Land explains how the story has been passed on from the elders for generations and generations.

Finding  hand and foot holds on the nearly vertical wall was familiar to me, I ascended the cliff like I had climbed it many times before. I was no longer an American photographer, I became an aborigine in search of great truths.

The view at the top was exhilarating, I sat my camera equipment down and lay on the flat ancient edifice.

Soon, I fell into deep meditation and entered an alternate reality.

Slowly my spirit left my body, and hovered above it. I envisioned a white dove which had come to rest on my right arm, I could see it while I was  hovering above and feel it simultaneously  resting on my physical body.

The last few weeks, the aboriginal elders had told many stories of creation, how the Rainbow Serpent had created Australia and the aborigines themselves.

There are similar creation stories around the world, each culture has it’s on version of the same story.

In my own eyes, or my mind’s eye, I began to see Australia being created from the sea. As I watched, the land arose above the sea, as the waters flowed off the land, the mountains appeared first, then the lower elevations appeared.

Soon, the Land of Oz was whole, ready to accommodate its inhabitants.  Creation was complete, at least this part of creation.

Deep down inside, I felt this vision was true but how did it all come about,? Was this really the creation or an event that may have occurred later, and did it coincide with the story of Noah and the flood, it is well known that every culture also has a story of the flood. Could it have really been a worldwide event?

Even though the time of Noah’s flood as told in the bible doesn’t correspond with the ice age, I have always felt the flood occured at the time of the retreat of the ice glaciers.

There are over two hundred fifty legends around the world of a catastrophic flood, it couldn’t have been localized, it had to be world wide, but how?

Was the time of Noah four thousand years ago like many believe or could it have coincided with the end of the last ice age nearly twelve thousand years ago?

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

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Eating your Way Through the Outback

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One of the best parts to visiting a foreign land is the opportunity to try their cuisine. Australi isn’t any different, they have a unique way of adding variety to the same food we in the United States eat.

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The typical meal in the outback, a barbeque with all the trimmings, chicken, steak and of course shrimp.

 

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Breakfast at the Quinkan Hotel in Laura Queensland, cooked over a fire grill. It features, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, potatoes, toast, and pancakes.

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Night life at Wallara’s Ranch in the Northern Territory.  Burgers and dogs.

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The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

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A small town traveler finds adventure and intrigue while investigating a new found spirituality. Learning self-discovery, and new age thought the author ventures on a journey to the outback of Australia where he learns the ways of the aborigines and in the process discovers a new way of life. Less Beginning in America’s heartland follow the author into a foreign land and culture, travel to the outback of Australia and discover the ways and teachings of the Australian aborigine. Discover with the author a journey of self-discovery and of a way of life and culture that is slowly being forgotten and lost.

 

Mount Connor : Northern Territory,Outback of Australia

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You can spend days in the outback and never cease to be amazed.

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Mount Conner on the road to Ayres Rock. Located in the southwest corner of the Northern Territory reaches 2818 feet above sea level and 984 feet above ground level. It was named Mt. Conner by William Grosse in 1873 after South Australian politician  M.L. Connor.

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Situated between Ayres Rock and Alice Springs, Kings Canyon is an enjoyable stop along the way.

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Scrub trees along the Laura River in Queensland.

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The scenic landscape on the road to Laura from Cairns.

The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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A small town traveler finds adventure and intrigue while investigating a new found spirituality. Learning self-discovery, and new age thought the author ventures on a journey to the outback of Australia where he learns the ways of the aborigines and in the process discovers a new way of life. Less Beginning in America’s heartland follow the author into a foreign land and culture, travel to the outback of Australia and discover the ways and teachings of the Australian aborigine. Discover with the author a journey of self-discovery and of a way of life and culture that is slowly being forgotten and lost.

Outback

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The outback of Australia holds many surprises. There is never a dull moment, the outback has so many plants and animals that are not found anywhere else in the world. 

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These termite mounds are located in Laura in Queensland. As you can see many can be over six feet tall.

 

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Termite mounds farther south, the taller mounds are located in the north where they get more rainfall during the monsoons.

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Scrub trees and desert scenery dots the landscape.

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 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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A small town traveler finds adventure and intrigue while investigating a new found spirituality. Learning self-discovery, and new age thought the author ventures on a journey to the outback of Australia where he learns the ways of the aborigines and in the process discovers a new way of life. Less Beginning in America’s heartland follow the author into a foreign land and culture, travel to the outback of Australia and discover the ways and teachings of the Australian aborigine. Discover with the author a journey of self-discovery and of a way of life and culture that is slowly being forgotten and lost.

Ballooning in the Outback of Australia

 

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Nothing like starting the day with an early morning balloon ride. Rising before dawn and leaving our motel room in Alice Springs Australia we never knew what adventure awaited us. 

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Located in the middle of Australia,  Alice Springs is one of the larger towns in the Northern Territory. Sporting a population of about 25,000, Alice is one of the largest cities in Australia, no town come close to it’s  population for over a thousand miles.

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Firing up the burners, we launch just as the sun rises over the horizon.

 

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Floating high above the desert below.

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Early morning balloonride

 

The out back lies below, because of the quiet, the wildlife never notice we are above them, as a result hundreds of birds, kangaroos, and other wildlife can be observed.

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Back on the ground, it’s time to pack the balloon for the next ride. Afterwards a champagne brunch and back to the motel for a nap.

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 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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A small town traveler finds adventure and intrigue while investigating a new found spirituality. Learning self-discovery, and new age thought the author ventures on a journey to the outback of Australia where he learns the ways of the aborigines and in the process discovers a new way of life. Less Beginning in America’s heartland follow the author into a foreign land and culture, travel to the outback of Australia and discover the ways and teachings of the Australian aborigine. Discover with the author a journey of self-discovery and of a way of life and culture that is slowly being forgotten and lost.

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Dominica: Screws Springs

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This being my first visit to this part of the world, I didn’t really know what to expect. Like everyone else, for a long time I thought Dominica and the Dominican Republic were the same. However, I soon learned that The Dominican Republic shares an island with Haiti and is near Puerto Rico and Dominica is in the southern Caribbean near Grenada.

Dominica, What an Island! A land of many surprises, but one of the most enjoyable would have to be Screw’s Sulphur Springs. Nestled in the rain forest near Trafalgar Falls, a visit will bring relaxation, refreshment and take away five years of stress.

Traversing the hilly,steep winding roads can be quite a feat, I can’t imagine there would be more treacherous roads anywhere,fortunately high speeds are entirely out of the question, therefore the  the risk of an accident is minimal.

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Ti Tu Gorge trail and water pipe that supplies water to the city of Roseau

Having spent the morning driving through the rain forest and hiking the long trail to Ti Tu Gorge, it was now time to relax and enjoy a nice sulfur water swim.

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Screw’s Sulpher Springs

Not only is the water refreshing(quite different from the chilly waters of Ti Tu Gorge) we found five pools of warm and cool water in which to enjoy.

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Sulpher Pools

The staff is very efficient and Mr. Screw, the owner is very  hospitable. From the moment we arrived we felt very welcome and part of the family.

 The place looks magnificent,with greenery everywhere, it’s like having your own private rain forest. As one relaxes in the five pools, all your tensions and worries melt away. One can only handle this luxury for maybe an hour, then it’s time to get back to the real world.

Climbing back up to the road we were greeted in the bar/sitting area with fresh fruit and  a cup of Coco-Tea. All the fruits and the Coco it self is grown on site,nothing like fresh fruit right off the vine.

The people living on the island are very laid back and happy, the island has one of the lowest crime rates in the Western Hemisphere,and they also enjoy one of the longest lifespans, living off fruits and nuts found on the island, many live to be centurions. (I assume the low crime rate could also lead to a longer life.)

Much too soon our journey was complete, and after the  mandatory shopping stop,  it was time to make our way back to our floating hotel just in time to catch a glimpse of the island as we left port.

After enjoying a fine dinner in the dining room, it was time to retire for the evening and prepare for our next port of call where more adventures awaited us.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website. www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

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Uluru Sunset

As the sun sets over the Australian plain, many gather to photograph Ayre’s Rock at it’s best.

As the sun sets in the west the shy slowly changes from blue to red to purple before finally succumbing to the darkness.

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Located in the Red Centre , Uluru can be seen for miles. A sacred Aboriginal site, many visit here yearly to observe the beauty and sacredness of the monolith.

Gary
has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in
nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of
the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary
Islands,much of the Caribbean, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central
America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given
him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He
has published several books about the various cultures he has studied
and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not
only the United States, but the world as well.

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For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, please check his website.http://www.commonsensejourneys.com

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

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