My husband and I went for a walk to the Tarawera Falls two weekends ago.
We had a picnic in a sunny spot in the bush while sitting on moss, with the pounding falls in our ears.
After it we went for a walk to the camping ground near the exit of the Tarawera River and I sprained my ankle while walking on the boat ramp.
I spent the next two weeks in bed resting and now I feel fine.
But the two weeks resting was very enjoyable because I found it effortless to stay in the moment and think of lovely things, make water colour paintings and write.
Now I feel really relaxed and dreamy and I think it shows in this work.
These shots were taken along the walk to the falls that takes around twenty minutes to reach.
It's an easy, scenic, picturesque walk.
You must go to the Kawerau Information centre and pay $5.00 for a permit to take the forestry roads to the falls.
The way is well signposted, you won't get lost.
The light was translucent and very pure looking.
The leaves and trees in the bush walk along side the river cast beautiful shadows and made some creamy textures on the water.
I enjoyed making multiple exposures.
Planting textures on rocks.
I always feel that water like this looks like ice-cream and it makes you want to taste it
The water almost looks furry like a pampered Persian pussy cat
You want to reach out and stroke it.
The waters gurgling as it runs over rocks and bubbles up, almost sounds like purring.
On a hot summers day that is surely coming up to swim in it
And feel the froth sliding over your body and face
I love abstract paintings and these feel like artworks.
Maybe Turners oil paintings.
You will have about a half hour car ride from Kawerau along forestry roads to reach the falls walking track.
It's pretty lovely because you drive through pine forests who are eerily quiet.
I want to go back soon.
Earlier in the morning and take shots of all the forests of trees we drove through.
They were like avenues.
“Do not feel sad for your tears as rocks never regret the waterfalls”
― Munia Khan
“Cry. Forgive. Learn.
Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”
It's when I see a rainbow, that I was in the sky to swim amongst its colours.” Anthony T.Hincks
Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!”
Mehmet Murat ildan
May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“There is another alphabet, whispering from every leaf, singing from every river, shimmering from every sky.”
We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations David Brower
“Poetry isn’t an island, it is the bridge.
Poetry isn’t a ship, it is the lifeboat.
Poetry isn’t swimming.
Poetry is water.”
“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”
“There's no better place to find yourself that sitting by a waterfall and listening to it's music”
Roland R Kemler
“Always be like a water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.”
“When water falls, it flies.”
Anthony T. Hincks
Sit by a river.
Find peace and meaning in the rhythm of the lifeblood of the Earth. Anonymous
Any river is really the summation of the whole valley. To think of it as nothing but water is to ignore the greater part. Hal Borland, This Hill, This Valley
Wild rivers are earth's renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning. Richard Bangs; Christian Kallen, River Gods
One touch of nature makes the
whole world kin.
It is difficult to realise how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees.
I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars.
A single poem, alone
can turn tides
and burst forth with rivers
I fell in love with flora of all types, especially ferns.
Loved the sparse structure and repetition of shape, almost fractal.
Creative Quote of the day
“There is a hidden message in every waterfall.
It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan \
What are the first steps you can take towards my journey of fulfilment?
What is my first step on the journey going to be?
Take a walk like we did along a river and have a think about it and maybe the river will give you some answers.
Good luck with your journey, Cheers Janet:)