The wildflowers in Western Australia have really been showing off this year. There’s been lots of rain so it’s been a bumper year for blooms. It reminds of when I was a 19 year old and on a wet wildflower bus tour in the Margaret River region of WA with a girlfriend. It was supposed to be a winery tour but somehow everything got messed up. The flowers were prolific but we were largely unimpressed. How things have changed.
Fast forward nearly four decades and here I am, back in WA, and not only am I in awe at all the wildflowers but I’m out photographing them any chance I get. How times change!
But some things haven’t changed. I still love a good evening out and enjoying a glass of wine with friends, but my appreciation of nature and my desire to capture it has grown even more.
Doug grew used to me saying “stop the car” at the last minute so I could jump out and photograph the road side flora.
We saw wildflowers everywhere: on the roadside, at rest stops, in national parks, along coastal beaches and rocky trails. They grew amongst red earth gorges, barren rock where you’d think nothing could possibly grow and in sandy landscapes. The 2021 spring wildflower season has been prolific.
Seems that despite all the chaos of the world Mother Nature has her own ideas on freedom and thriving no matter what.
Resilience, it seems, is the epitome of growing in wild open spaces.
Although we didn’t hit the western wildflower territory until spring was almost over still the blooms impressed. At Kalbarri National Park and Karijini I was awestruck by the sight of flowers amongst ancient rock gorges.
On my birthday last month Doug ceremoniously presented me with a flower, a bright red Sturt Desert Pea.
I thought the red beauty only grew in South Australia but they were everywhere along the Coral Coast, especially near Yardie Creek.
Now he’s not normally a flower giving kind of guy so I was touched. Didn’t matter that he found it on the roadside, just outside the car!
Wherever we went wildflowers were never too far away. Or perhaps it only seemed that way because I was mildly focused on looking out for them.
What you focus on grows, after all.
So I choose to give my energy and attention on what’s beautiful, pure and true in this world.
We’re surrounded by gifts from Mother Nature: so much beauty, love, abundance and a knowing that everything is as it should be, even if it appears wild and untamed.
Maybe we need to be more like the wildflowers, spontaneous and surprising. They don’t compete with each other or care where they grow or that the ground beneath them is harsh. They rise up, above all the shit underneath them.
Nature gives me a sense of hope in this rocky, uncertain, ever changing world.
We’re personally going through some massive changes right now. I’ll elaborate in future posts. But what I’m realising is that now is a time to try new things, to embrace change and step out of the shadows and into the light. It’s time to be true to ourselves, without fear of discrimination or judgement. It’s a time to be brave.
Nothing stays the same. Wildflowers don’t last forever. We’re ever changing beings in an ever changing world. Change is our natural state.
Can we allow ourselves to surrender, to let go of the old and everything we’ve believed in order to survive and embrace the new? When the time comes for the petals to fly into the wind we can then be completely free. That’s our natural state.
It’s so easy to feel shackled to the past, and to feel that we can’t possibly change our reality or make any difference in this illusionary world. But we can. Each of us can affect the world by our very being, by focusing on love, faith and by keeping our vibration high.
There’s always hope. Even in the darkest times, when the stories of the outside world make no sense, look up and trust in a bigger picture. And look within. That’s where the answers are. Everything is unfolding as it should. And all of us are exactly where we’re meant to be.
If we could take the example of nature and not complicate life so much. If we could simply be, adapt to life, live in harmony with the elements and all that surrounds us and marvel in the beauty of each moment, we wouldn’t be in so much of a mess. Humanity has so much to learn.
But we have a good teacher in Mother Nature. Maybe it’s time we stopped and paid attention. Are you listening?
See you on the next leg of our road trip, when we slow down even more, to savour this colourful journey we’re on.
Sending love and light.